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Chotaro Muramatsu


Date and Place of Birth: May 9, 1921 Osaka Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    June 20, 1944 Guam
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Outfield/Pitcher
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: Pacific

Chotaro Muramatsu was born on May 9, 1921 in Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The pitching ace of the Naniwa Shogyo high school baseball team, young Muramatsu helped his team in the 14th National High School Baseball Invitational Tournament final in 1937 by defeating Chukyo high school, 2-1.

Muramatsu again played at Koshien in 1938 and signed with the Tokyo Senators in 1939. Used as an outfielder his rookie season, the 17-year-old batted just .160 in 34 games. In 1940, Muramatsu played 58 games for the Senators (the team changed its name to Tsubasa in mid-season). While batting only .175 and stealing eight bases as an outfielder, the right-hander pitched 11 games with five starts for an 1-0 record and 3.79 ERA.

In 1941, Tsubasa merged with Nagoya Kinko to form Taiyo, and Muramatsu played 36 games in the outfield, batting a lowly .121. In 1942, he played 70 games, batted .192 and stole six bases.

Following the 1942 season, Chotaro Muramatsu was drafted into military service. He died in a flight training accident in Guam on June 20, 1944. He was 23 years old.

Date Added: February 12, 2013

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