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Kiyoshi Maeda

 

Date and Place of Birth: April 20, 1912, Fukui Prefecture, Japan.
Date and Place of Death:    1938 China
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Outfield
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: China

Kiyoshi Maeda was born on April 20, 1912 in Fukui Prefecture, Japan. He attended Takefu Chugakkou high school and was the baseball team's starting centerfielder, clean-up hitter and captain. He later attended Keio University but dropped out due to illness.

In 1936, the first year of the Japanese Professional Baseball League, Maeda signed with Nagoya and batted .284 during the spring campaign, although his average dropped to just .123 in the fall season. Maeda played 47 games and batted .213 during the Spring 1937 season before being drafted for military service.

Since the summer of 1937, Japan had been at war with China - a conflict known as the Second Sino-Japanese War. The war was the result of Japanese desire to dominate China politically and militarily and to secure its vast raw material reserves and economic resources.

Kiyoshi Maeda died in combat in China in 1938.

Date Added: February 11, 2013

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