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Seiichi Shima

 

Date and Place of Birth: December 15, 1920 Wakayama Prefecture, Japan
Date and Place of Death:    March 29, 1945 off coast of Indochina
Baseball Experience: College
Position: Pitcher
Rank: Unknown
Military Unit: Imperial Japanese Army
Area Served: Pacific

Seiichi Shima was born on December 15, 1920 in Wakayama Prefecture, Japan. The bespectacled left-hander attended Kaisou Central High School and was the star of the baseball team. Pitching for Kaisou Central in the 1939 National High School Baseball Championship, Shima hurled 45 innings and shut out all five of the opposing teams, allowing just eight hits and striking out 57. He was also Kaisou Central’s clean-up hitter and went 11 for 20 in the tournament. Amazingly, he pitched back-to-back no-hitters in the semi-final and final games of the tournament.

Shima entered Meiji University in 1940 and was drafted into the Japanese Army in 1945. Seiichi Shima died in battle off the coast of Indochina on March 29, 1945.

He was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008.

Date Added: May 11, 2013

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