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Kentaro Ito

 

Date and Place of Birth: December 28, 1916, Chiba Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    July 26, 1944 Guam
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Outfield/First Base
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: Pacific

Kentaro Ito was born on December 28, 1916 in Chiba Prefecture, Japan. He attended Chiba Chugakkou high school and played for Tokyo Tetsudo Kanrikyoku in the Industrial League before signing with the Tokyo Giants in 1936.

The 5-foot-6, 156-pound right-hander was a regular outfielder for the Giants through 1938, appearing in 180 games. After being out of baseball from 1939 to 1941 (probably due to military service), Itoh returned to the Giants in 1942 and batted .239 in 96 games with four home runs, 34 RBIs and a league-leading 18 doubles.

Ito played 44 games in 1943 and batted .152. He was killed in combat on Guam on July 26, 1944, aged 27.

Date Added: February 10, 2013

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