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Yukio Eguchi


Date and Place of Birth: April 4, 1915, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    Unknown
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Second Base
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: Unknown

Yukio Eguchi was born on April 4, 1915 in the Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He attended Kakuei Shogyo High School and played baseball for the school's first Koshien Tournament team in 1933. He later attended Ritsumeikan University and was selected for the All-Nippon team that played against the American League All-Stars in Japan in 1934. The following year, Eguchi traveled to the United States with the Dai Nippon Tokyo Yakyu Club - Japan's first professional team. During the tour Dai Nippon won 93 games against semi-pro squads and teams from the Pacific Coast League.

The young second baseman signed with the Nagoya Golden Dolphins when the Japanese Professional Baseball League formed in 1936 and remained with the team through the 1938 season.

After two seasons away from professional baseball (possibly for military service), Eguchi joined Hankyu in 1941 and remained with the club through 1942.

Military service beckoned again in 1943 and Yukio Eguchi died from wounds received in combat.

Date Added: February 8, 2013

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