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1947 Kokumin (National) League

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1947 Kokumin (National) League
The four team Kokumin (National) League played a 30 game summer season in 1947. The monopolistic practices of the dominant Nippon Professional Baseball Leagues helped bring an end to the new rival league. The Kokumin League disbanded after a few games into the 1947 fall season.

Former NPB player Sam Uchiya told me that players who contemplated jumping to the National League were threatened with lifetime banishment from Nippon Pro Baseball.

I just rediscovered a site that is dedicated to the Kokumin League [Asahi Net | Google Translation]. We might have discussed this matter in this forum before.
Re: 1947 Kokumin (National) League
[ Author: Jbroks86 | Posted: Jan 5, 2007 10:21 AM | SFT Fan ]

Yeah, I read that over at Japan Baseball Daily. The league was short lived like the Federal League in the United States when the NPB helped bring it to an end.
Re: 1947 Kokumin (National) League
[ Author: Kiyoshi | Posted: Jan 5, 2007 2:22 PM | HAN Fan ]

Jbroks probably meant that MLB helped bring the Federal League to an end (like NPB did to the Kokumin National League).

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