|Date and Place of Birth:||June 14, 1919 Aomori, Japan|
|Date and Place of Death:||1944 Luzon, Philippines|
|Baseball Experience:||Japanese Professional League|
Isamu Fukushi was born on June 14, 1919 in Aomori, Japan. He attended
Aomori Shogyo High School and began his professional career as a catcher
with Lion in 1938. He began pitching for Lion in 1939 and finished 12-19
with a 2.82 ERA. In 1940 he was 7-1 with an ERA of 2.80.
For Fukushi, 1941 was a big season on the mound for the Asahi team, which replaced Lion in the league. He made a league-leading 57 appearances and was 17-28 with a 1.88 ERA. He also led the league with 363.2 innings pitched, 31 complete games, 293 hits allowed, 121 runs allowed and 8 hit batters. His 28 losses was also a league-leading stat.
In 1942, his final season in professional baseball, the 23-year-old was 9-9 with a 1.87 ERA for Asahi. He was drafted into military service in 1942 and was killed in action two years later at Luzon in the Philippines. A glove worn by Fukushi can be seen at the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
Date Added: June 19, 2012
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