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Japanese Baseball League
Sport Baseball
Founded 1935
No. of teams 9 (1949) , 12 (Overall)
Country JPN

he Japanese Baseball League or Nihon Yakyū Renmeiwas a professional baseball league in Japan. It was established on February 5, 1936 as "Japan Occupational Baseball League". Then it was renamed "Japanese Baseball League" in 1939. It was run until 1949. There was no League Play in 1945. The league played fall and spring seasons in 1937 and 1938. Four of the franchises formerly in this league currently play in the Central League, and four others are in the Pacific League.

TeamsEdit

  • Dai Tokyo (1936) → Lion Baseball Club (1937–1940) → Asahi Baseball Club (1941–1944) → Pacific Baseball Club (1946) → Taiyō Robins(1947–1949) → To the Central League (later renamed the Shochiku Robins; present: Yokohama BayStars)
  • Korakuen Eagles (1937s) → Eagles Baseball Club (1938–1939) → Kurowashi Baseball Club (1940–1941) → Yamato Baseball Club (1942–1943) → Broken up
  • Nagoya Baseball Club (1936–1943) → Sangyo Baseball Club (1944) → Chubu Nippon (1946) → Chubu Nippon Dragons (1947) → Chunichi Dragons (1948–1949) → To the Central League

Nagoya Kinko (1936–1940) → Merged into the Tsubasa Baseball Club

  • Osaka Tigers (1936–September 24, 1940, Nicknamed "Tigers") → Hanshin Baseball Club (September 25, 1940–1944) → Osaka Tigers (1946–1949, Nicknamed "Hanshin") → To the Central League (Present: Hanshin Tigers)
  • Tokyo Kyojin (1936–1944; 1946) → Yomiuri Giants (1947–1949) → To the Central League
  • Tokyo Senators (1936–1939) → Tsubasa Baseball Club (1940) → Taiyō Baseball Club (1941–1942) → Nishitetsu Baseball Club (1943) → Broken up
  • Hankyu Baseball Club (1936–1944; 1946) → Hankyu Bears (January, 1947–April, 1947) → Hankyu Braves (April, 1947–1949) → To the Pacific League (Present: Orix Buffaloes)
  • Nankai Baseball Club (1938f–May 31, 1944) → Kinki Nippon (June 1, 1944–December 31, 1944) → Kinki Great Ring (1946–May 31, 1947) → Nankai Hawks (June 1, 1947–1949) → To the Pacific League (Present: Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks)
  • Gold Star (1946) → Kinsei Stars (1947–1948) → Daiei Stars[1] (1949) (present: Chiba Lotte Marines)
  • Senators Baseball Club (1946) → Tokyu Flyers (1949) → Kyuei Flyers (1948) → Tokyu Flyers (1947) → To the Pacific League (Present: Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters)
  • Kintetsu Pearls (1949)[2] → To the Pacific League (Present: Orix Buffaloes)

MVPsEdit


ChampionsEdit

  • 1936 (spring): No standings
  • 1936 (summer): No standings
  • 1936 (fall): Tokyo Kyojin
  • 1937 (spring): Tokyo Kyojin
  • 1937 (fall): Osaka Tigers
  • 1938 (spring): Osaka Tigers
  • 1938 (fall): Tokyo Kyojin
  • 1939: Tokyo Kyojin
  • 1940: Tokyo Kyojin
  • 1941: Tokyo Kyojin
  • 1942: Tokyo Kyojin
  • 1943: Tokyo Kyojin
  • 1944: Hanshin
  • 1945: No league play because of World War II
  • 1946: Kinki Great Ring
  • 1947: Osaka Tigers
  • 1948: Nankai Hawks
  • 1949: Yomiuri Giants


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