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Noboru Noguchi


Date and Place of Birth: March 18, 1922 Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    1945 The Philippines
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Shortstop
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Army
Area Served: Pacific

Noboru Noguchi was one of four brothers (Akira, Jiro and Wataru) who played in the Japanese professional league. He was born on March 18, 1922 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Noguchi attended Chukyo Shogyo high school and signed with the Hanshin Tigers in 1941. Playing second base and third base he played 74 games while batting only .144. In 1942, Noguchi moved to shortstop and played 105 games, making 58 errors, but raising his batting average to .206 with 22 RBIs.

Noguchi played just 40 games in 1943, batting .169 to end his career. He was drafted into military service that year and served with the army in Manchuria. In 1945, Noboru Noguchi died while in transit to the Philippines.

Akira Noguchi was an all-star catcher who later managed in the pro league. Jiro Noguchi, a pitcher, was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989. Wataru, an infielder, played only briefly during and after the war.

Date Added: March 16, 2013

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