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Kazutaka Terauchi

 

Date and Place of Birth: September 3, 1912 Ehime Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    Date Unknown Rabaul, New Guinea
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Outfield
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: New Guinea

Kazutaka Terauchi was born on September 3, 1912 in Ehime Prefecture, Japan. He attended Matsuyama Shogyo high school and Rikkyo University, and played for Columbia in the industrial league before signing with the Eagles in 1937.

The 5-foot-8 centerfielder played 51 games during the spring 1937 seaosn and batted .144. During the fall campaign he hit .276 in 49 games with 21 RBIs. Terauchi batted .214 and .113 during the spring and fall seasons of 1938, then played 93 games in 1939 and batted .206 with 17 doubles, nine triples, four home runs and 24 RBIs for the basement-dwelling Eagles. In 1940, with the Eagles renamed Kurowashi, Terauchi played 77 games and batted .193 with three homers. He played 66 games in 1941 and batted .189. In 1942, the Kurowashi club had a change of ownership, changing their name to Yamato. Terauchi was player-manager for part of the season and batted .205 in 18 games.

Kazutaka Terauchi entered military service that year and died in combat in Rabaul, New Guinea.

Date Added: March 17, 2013

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