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Third Baseman

Shigeo Nagashima

Hitting walk off home run in a 1959 game played before Emperor Hirohito, at Korakuen Stadium in Tokyo


Japan's most popular baseball player, Nagashima teamed with Sadaharu Oh to lead the Yomiuri Giants to 13 Central league pennants and 11 Japan Series titles over 18 years. He won five MVP awards, six batting titles, five RBI titles, and two home run titles. Nicknamed "Mr. Giant" for his clutch hitting heroics, he retired with 2471 base hits, 444 home runs, and 1522 RBIs with his career .305 batting average. These figures would have been much higher had he not injured his wrist in 1959, and only played part time the last 11 years of his career. He managed the Giants for 13 years starting in 1975.

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