1950 Nippon Professional Baseball season

1950 Nippon Professional Baseball season

This article is about the 1950 Nippon Professional Baseball season only. For information on all of baseball, see 1950 in baseball.
1950 NPB season
League Nippon Professional Baseball
Sport Baseball
Central League Pennant
League champions Shochiku Robins
  Runners-up Chunichi Dragons
Season MVP Makoto Kozuru (SHO)
Pacific League Pennant
League champions Mainichi Orions
  Runners-up Nankai Hawks
Season MVP Kaoru Betto (MAI)
Japan Series
Japan Series champions Mainichi Orions
  Runners-up Shochiku Robins
Japan Series MVP Kaoru Betto (MAI)
NPB seasons
1951 →

The 1950 Nippon Professional Baseball season was historic for baseball in Japan. It was the first season using the new two league format since the split the previous year. The two leagues would be known as the Central League and the Pacific League.

Regular season

Standings

Central League regular season standings
Team G W L T Pct. GB
Shochiku Robins 137 98 35 4 .737
Chunichi Dragons 137 89 44 4 .669 9.0
Yomiuri Giants 140 82 54 4 .603 17.5
Osaka Tigers 140 70 67 3 .511 30.0
Taiyo Whales 140 69 68 3 .504 31.0
Nishi Nippon Pirates 136 50 83 3 .376 48.0
Kokutetsu Swallows 138 42 94 2 .309 57.5
Hiroshima Carp 138 41 96 1 .299 59.0
Pacific League regular season standings
Team G W L T Pct. GB
Mainichi Orions 120 81 34 5 .704
Nankai Hawks 120 66 49 5 .574 15.0
Daiei Stars 120 62 54 4 .534 19.5
Hankyu Braves 120 54 64 2 .458 28.5
Nishitetsu Clippers 120 51 67 2 .432 31.5
Tokyu Flyers 120 51 69 0 .425 32.5
Kintetsu Pearls 120 44 72 4 .379 37.5

Postseason

Japan Series

Main article: 1950 Japan Series

PL Mainichi Orions (4) vs. CL Shochiku Robins (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance
1 November 22 Mainichi Orions – 3, Shochiku Robins – 2 Meiji Jingu Stadium 2:34 23,018[1]
2 November 23 Shochiku Robins – 1, Mainichi Orions – 5 Korakuen Stadium 1:38 35,541[1] 
3 November 25 Mainichi Orions – 6, Shochiku Robins – 7 Koshien Stadium 1:54 19,399[1] 
4 November 26 Shochiku Robins – 5, Mainichi Orions – 3 Hankyu Nishinomiya Stadium 1:42 35,518[1] 
5 November 27 Mainichi Orions – 3, Shochiku Robins – 2 Nagoya Baseball Stadium 1:49 12,630[1] 
6 November 28 Shochiku Robins – 7, Mainichi Orions – 8 Osaka Stadium 2:40 22,035[1]

League leaders

Central League

Batting leaders
Stat Player Team Total
Batting Average Fumio Fujimura Osaka .362
Home runs Makoto Kozuru Shochiku 51
Runs batted in Makoto Kozuru Shochiku 616
Runs Makoto Kozuru Shochiku 143
Hits Fumio Fujimura Osaka 191
Stolen bases Jiro Kanayama Shochiku 74
Pitching leaders
Stat Player Team Total
Wins Shigeo Sanada Shochiku 39
Losses Ryohei Hasegawa Hiroshima 27
Earned run average Nobuo Oshima Shochiku 2.03
Strikeouts Shigeru Sugishita Chunichi 209
Innings pitched Shigeo Sanada Shochiku 39523

Pacific League

Batting leaders
Stat Player Team Total
Batting Average Hiroshi Oshita Tokyu .339
Home runs Kaoru Betto Mainichi 43
Runs batted in Kaoru Betto Mainichi 105
Runs Kaoru Betto Mainichi 108
Hits Kaoru Betto Mainichi 160
Stolen bases Chusuke Kizuka Nankai 78
Pitching leaders
Stat Player Team Total
Wins Atsushi Aramaki Mainichi 26
Losses Yoshio Tenpo Hankyu 24
Earned run average Atsushi Aramaki Mainichi 2.06
Strikeouts Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu 207
Innings pitched Yasuo Yonekawa Tokyu 36323

Awards

Central League Best Nine Award winners
Position Player Team
Pitcher Shigeo Sanada Shochiku
Catcher Shoji Arakawa Shochiku
First baseman Michio Nishizawa Chunichi
Second baseman Shigeru Chiba Yomiuri
Third baseman Fumio Fujimura Osaka
Shortstop Katsumi Shiraishi Yomiuri
Outfielder Makoto Kozuru Shochiku
Noboru Aota Yomiuri
Yoshiyuki Iwamoto Shochiku
Pacific League Best Nine Award winners
Position Player Team
Pitcher Atsushi Aramaki Mainichi
Catcher Takeshi Doigaki Mainichi
First baseman Tokuji Iida Nankai
Second baseman Yasuji Hondo Mainichi
Third baseman Nobuo Nakatani Hankyu
Shortstop Chusuke Kizuka Nankai
Outfielder Kaoru Betto Mainichi
Hiroshi Oshita Tokyu
Shigeya Iijima Daiei

References