Adjust Font Size: A A       Guest settings   Register

1959 Nippon Series - Sugiura Win Four in a Row

Discussion in the Pro Yakyu History forum
1959 Nippon Series - Sugiura Win Four in a Row
There was a request for the "Sugiura Story" here. I did a little research and chose what I thought was the best story recap (in Japanese - loosly translated below). Of course, Seiyu-san can probably tell the story better...

The 1959 Japan Series came down to a battle between the Nankai Hawks and Yomiuri Giants. The two clubs had met in the Nippon Series four previous times with Nankai unable to take a single Series.

But this year was to be different. With Sugiura chalking up 38 victories over the course of the season, he started Game One on October 24th and won a 10-7 victory to get Nankai off to a winning start. He followed that by pitching five innings in relief in Game Two the next day, getting the victory as the Hawks won 6-3.

After a day off to travel, Sugiura defeated the Giants 3-2 on October 27th throwing the complete game for Game Three.

Game Four on the 28th was rained out.

With that, Sugiura climbed the mound on the 29th to start Game Four. Sugiura went on to hold the Giants' batting order to 5 hits and no runs for a 3-0 shutout. Incredibly, Sugiura threw four consecutive games to sweep the Giants and become Nippon Ichi (#1 in Japan).

Sugiura had a blood blister pop on his right middle finger in the 5th inning of Game Four, painting the white baseball red with his power pitching.

Single handedly winning four games and losing none with an ERA of 1.41 in the Series, Sugiura was a shoe in for the Series MVP Award. In an interview after the Series, Tsuruoka-kantoku made the infamous quote, "Kamisama, Butsusama, Sugiurasama" ("God, Budah, Mr. Sugiura"). Sugiura's words were, "Hirori ni natte nakitai" ("I'd like to go off by myself and cry").

Multitudes of Osakan's flocked to congratulate their Nankai Hawks in the victory parade that followed, celebrating Nankan's Nippon Ichi victory.

[BableFish was also of great help in the translation.]

Re: 1959 Nippon Series - Sugiura Win Four in a Row
[ Author: Guest: Mike Attiyeh | Posted: Oct 19, 2002 4:30 PM ]

Thank you very much.

Mike Attiyeh
Re: 1959 Nippon Series - Sugiura Win Four in a Row
[ Author: Guest: young026 | Posted: Oct 19, 2002 8:26 PM ]

The quote is well known as "Kamisama, Hotoke(Buddah)sama, Inaosama."

Kazuhisa Inao also won four games in the Japan Series in 1958 (Nishitetsu defeated Yomiuri by 4-3). He pitched in six games, the last three 3 complete games.
Re: 1959 Nippon Series - Sugiura Wins Four in a Row
[ Author: seiyu | Posted: Apr 5, 2003 5:07 PM ]

There is a subplot to this series. In 1957, Nagashima, who was very close to Sugiura during his years at Rikkyo University, convinced Sugiura to join the Nankai Hawks with him. But at the last moment, suddenly Nagashima signed with the Giants. Sugiura was heart broken. This was his revenge.

This is a site about Pro Yakyu (Japanese Baseball), not about who the next player to go over to MLB is. It's a community of Pro Yakyu fans who have come together to share their knowledge and opinions with the world. It's a place to follow teams and individuals playing baseball in Japan (and Asia), and to learn about Japanese (and Asian) culture through baseball.

It is my sincere hope that once you learn a bit about what we're about here that you will join the community of contributors.

Michael Westbay
(aka westbaystars)

Search for Pro Yakyu news and information
Copyright (c) 1995-2022
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License.
Some rights reserved.