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Fukuyoshi Okada

 

Date and Place of Birth: April 25, 1917 Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    December 21, 1944 New Guinea
Baseball Experience: Japanese Professional League
Position: Second Base
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Unknown
Area Served: Pacific

Fukuyoshi Okada was born on April 25, 1917 in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. He attended Higashikuni Shogyo high school and Waseda University before signing with the Eagles in 1940. The 23-year-old second baseman played 97 games his rookie year and batted .196 with team-highs in RBIs (29) and stolen bases (22).

Okada missed the next two seasons (probably due to military service) but returned to the Eagles (renamed Yamato because their new owner, Kenkichi Saeki, was president of Yamato Ironworks) in 1943. Appearing in 57 games at second base and thrid base, he batted .189 and stole 13 bases (tied for team best).

Back in military service, Okada served in New Guinea where he was killed in action on December 21, 1944.

Date Added: March 16, 2013

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