The greatest catcher in the history of
Japanese baseball, Nomura holds the world record for most games
played by a catcher with 2918 over his 27 year career; he also
has hit more home runs than any catcher in history with 657 (a
total that ranks second to Sadaharu Oh in
Japan). Nomura once caught every single inning of a 150 game season,
including 16 double headers.
Nomura won nine home run championships
(8 in a row), six consecutive RBI titles, and one batting average
title. That came in 1965 when he won the triple crown with 42
homers, 110 RBIs, and a .320 batting average. He retired in 1980
and is a member of the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.