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Yasuo Hayashi


Date and Place of Birth: April 3, 1922, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    1944
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: Unknown

Yasuo Hayashi was born on April 3, 1922 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He attended Ichinomiya Chugakkou high school and was the baseball team's cleanup hitter and star pitcher, playing in the 1941 Koshien Tournament.

The right-hander signed with Asahi in 1942 and pitched in an incredible 71 games (still the most games ever pitched by a rookie). With 32 wins and 22 losses, his 542 innings pitched and 52 starts remain records, while his 44 complete games is the second most of all time.

In 1943, he made 38 appearances for a 20-11 record and a 0.89 ERA. Over two seasons, Hayashi was 52-33 with an earned run average of 0.97.

He was drafted into military service during 1943 and died in combat in 1944.

Date Added: February 8, 2013

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