|Born:May 15, 1948|
Nara Prefecture, Japan
|1967, for the Hanshin Tigers|
|July 12, 1984, for the Seibu Lions|
|Career highlights and awards|
Yutaka Enatsu(江夏 豊Enatsu Yutaka, born May 15, 1948 in Nara Prefecture, raised in Amagasaki, Hyōgo Prefecture) is a former Japanese pitcher regarded as one of the best Japanese strikeout pitchers of all-time. In 1968, he recorded 401 strikeouts, which is still the world record.
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Enatsu was a bit player in the Black Mist Scandal which embroiled Japanese baseball from 1969–1971. In November 1970 he received a stern warning from the Central League president due to "involvement with persons in baseball gambling."
He recorded 9 consecutive strikeouts in one of the 1971 All-Star games,and 15 consecutive strikeouts in three of the All-Star games between 1970 and 1971. His consecutive strikeouts were broken up by Katsuya Nomura. The two records are still unbroken.
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A starting pitcher for the first part of his career, in 1977 he became a relief specialist, altogether accumulating 193 saves.
While playing with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp in 1979, Enatsu was the Central League MVP, as he compiled a 9-5 record with a 2.67 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 104-2/3 innings. That year the Carp won the Central League pennant and the Japan Series.
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In 1985, he attempted to play in Major League Baseball, but generated little interest because at 36 years old, he was near the end of his career.
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