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Shoichi Kunihisa

 

Date and Place of Birth: May 15, 1919, Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    1945 Burma
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Second Base
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: Burma

Shoichi "Matsuichi" Kunihisa was born on May 15, 1919 in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. He attended Kokoku Shogyo high school and signed with the Nankai Hawks in 1939.

The fleet-footed second baseman appeared in 94 games with Nankai and batted .270 with 11 triples (one short of the league best) and 26 stolen bases. In 1940, his average plumetted to .216 although he managed to steal 31 bases (one short of the circuit lead). Kunihisa batted .214 in 1941 and .204 in 1942 with 28 stolen bases.

He entered military service after the 1942 season and died in combat in Burma in 1945.

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