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Ichizo Murase

 

Date and Place of Birth: Novemeber 7, 1918 Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    Unknown
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Shortstop
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: Unknown

Ichizo Murase, who missed only one game over three seasons, never returned from the battlefields of World War II.

Ichizo Murase was born on Novemeber 7, 1918 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He attended Kakuei Shogyo high school and played with the school's baseball team in Koshien Tournaments in 1936 and 1937.

The 19-year-old shortstop signed with Nagoya in 1938 and played in all 35 Spring season games, batting .152 with a homerun and 11 RBIs. In the fall season he played 39 of the club's 40 games and hit .176.

In 1939, Murase played all 96 games and batted .208 with 28 stolen bases (two short of the league's best). Continuing the trend of appearing in every game, the 21-year-old played 104 games in 1940, batting .188 with 22 stolen bases, 29 RBIs and three homeruns.

During the 1941 season, Murase joined Hanshin. He played only 27 games that year (possibly due to receiving a military draft notice) and batted .200.

Ichizo Murase died in combat during World War II.

Date Added: February 13, 2013

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