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Hachiro Miwa

 

Date and Place of Birth: November 13, 1921, Gumma-gun, Gunma Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    August 17, 1944 China
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: China

Hachiro Miwa was born on November 13, 1921 at Gumma-gun, Gunma Prefecture, Japan. He attended Takasaki Chugakkou school and signed with the Osaka Tigers at the age of 17 in 1939. The 5-foot-9, left-hander made 12 appearances his rookie year and was 2-5 with a 2.16 ERA. In 1940, he made 47 appearances (31 starts) and was 16-5 with an outstanding 1.51 earned run average. The highpoint of the season came on August 3 at Dairen, when Miwa hurled a no-hitter againstthe Tokyo Giants.

Miwa was unable to match his 1941 numbers the following year and was 2-7 in 27 appearances with a 2.26 ERA. He made just 18 appearances (six starts) in 1942 for a 1-3 record but made somewhat of a comeback in 1943 with 11 wins and 11 losses in 26 starts with a 2.43 ERA.

Military service came calling after the 1943 season. Hachiro Miwa died in combat in China on August 17, 1944.

Date Added: February 12, 2013

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