1940 - Born on the 20th of May in Sumida, Tokyo, Japan.
1957 - Waseda Jitsugyo High School made it to the Spring Koshien Tournament him as the second year, as their ace pitcher.
1959 - He signed his first professional contract as a pitcher for the Yomiuri Giants.
1980 - He retired at age 40, having amassed a Japanese baseball record of 2,786 hits, 2,170 RBIs, and a lifetime batting average of .301. Moreover, his record of 868 career home runs is 113 more than Hank Aaron's Major League Baseball home run record of 755.
1981-1983 - He was the assistant manager of the Yomiuri Giants.
1984-1988 - He became the manager of the Yomiuri Giants.
1987 - He led the Giants to one Central League pennant.
1988 - He and Hank Aaron created the World Children's Baseball Fair (WCBF), to increase the popularity of baseball by working with youngsters.
1994 - He was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame.
1995 - He returned to baseball as the manager of the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (later the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks).
2006 - He managed the Japan National team, winning the championship in the inaugural 06' World Baseball Classic over Cuba.
- On the 5th of July, he announced that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence from the Hawks to combat a stomach tumor. He underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove his stomach and its surrounding lymph nodes.
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