|Date and Place of Birth:||April 25, 1917 Aichi Prefecture, Japan|
|Date and Place of Death:||December 21, 1944 New Guinea|
|Baseball Experience:||Japanese Professional League|
Fukuyoshi Okada was born on April 25, 1917 in Aichi Prefecture,
Japan. He attended Higashikuni Shogyo high school and Waseda University
before signing with the Eagles in 1940. The 23-year-old second baseman
played 97 games his rookie year and batted .196 with team-highs in RBIs
(29) and stolen bases (22).
Okada missed the next two seasons (probably due to military service) but returned to the Eagles (renamed Yamato because their new owner, Kenkichi Saeki, was president of Yamato Ironworks) in 1943. Appearing in 57 games at second base and thrid base, he batted .189 and stole 13 bases (tied for team best).
Back in military service, Okada served in New Guinea where he was killed in action on December 21, 1944.
Date Added: March 16, 2013
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