Japan Ex-Pitcher Kaneda, Who Won 400 Games, Dies at 86

Sports Society

Tokyo, Oct. 6 (Jiji Press)--Former Yomiuri Giants pitcher Masaichi Kaneda, whose 400 career wins remain an all-time high in Japanese professional baseball history, died at a Tokyo hospital Sunday. He was 86.

Kaneda, enshrined in the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1988, died of blood poisoning caused by acute cholangitis early in the morning. His death was disclosed by the Giants.

Kaneda joined the Kokutetsu Swallows, now called the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, in 1950 after finishing high school.

In 1958, he faced off with Giants super rookie Shigeo Nagashima, striking him out in four straight at-bats.

Kaneda moved to the Giants in 1965 and retired in 1969 after winning the 400th game.

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