|Date and Place of Birth:||March 18, 1922 Aichi Prefecture, Japan|
|Date and Place of Death:||1945 The Philippines|
|Baseball Experience:||Japanese Professional League|
Noboru Noguchi was one of four brothers (Akira, Jiro and Wataru) who
played in the Japanese professional league. He was born on March 18,
1922 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Noguchi attended Chukyo Shogyo high
school and signed with the Hanshin Tigers in 1941. Playing second base
and third base he played 74 games while batting only .144. In 1942,
Noguchi moved to shortstop and played 105 games, making 58 errors, but
raising his batting average to .206 with 22 RBIs.
Noguchi played just 40 games in 1943, batting .169 to end his career. He was drafted into military service that year and served with the army in Manchuria. In 1945, Noboru Noguchi died while in transit to the Philippines.
Akira Noguchi was an all-star catcher who later managed in the pro league. Jiro Noguchi, a pitcher, was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Wataru, an infielder, played only briefly during and after the war.
Date Added: March 16, 2013
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