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Isamu Fukushi


Date and Place of Birth: June 14, 1919 Aomori, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    1944 Luzon, Philippines
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: Pacific

Isamu Fukushi was born on June 14, 1919 in Aomori, Japan. He attended Aomori Shogyo High School and began his professional career as a catcher with Lion in 1938. He began pitching for Lion in 1939 and finished 12-19 with a 2.82 ERA. In 1940 he was 7-1 with an ERA of 2.80.

For Fukushi, 1941 was a big season on the mound for the Asahi team, which replaced Lion in the league. He made a league-leading 57 appearances and was 17-28 with a 1.88 ERA. He also led the league with 363.2 innings pitched, 31 complete games, 293 hits allowed, 121 runs allowed and 8 hit batters. His 28 losses was also a league-leading stat.

In 1942, his final season in professional baseball, the 23-year-old was 9-9 with a 1.87 ERA for Asahi. He was drafted into military service in 1942 and was killed in action two years later at Luzon in the Philippines. A glove worn by Fukushi can be seen at the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Date Added: June 19, 2012

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