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Masaru Kageura

Masaru Kageura
景浦 將
Hanshin Tigers
Outfielder, Infielder, Pitcher
Born: (1915-07-20)July 20, 1915
Matsuyama, Japan
Died: May 20, 1945(1945-05-20) (aged 29)
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
JBL debut
1936, for the Osaka Tigers
Last JBL appearance
1943, for the Hanshin Tigers
Career hitting statistics
Batting average.271
Home runs25
Runs batted in222
Career pitching statistics
Win–loss record27-9
As player
Career highlights and awards
  • E.R.A. title (1936)
Member of the Japanese
Baseball Hall of Fame

Masaru Kageura (景浦 將, Kageura Masaru, July 20, 1915 – May 20, 1945) was a Japanese baseball player from Matsuyama, Ehime. An accomplished two-way player, Kaguera is one of two players (Eiji Sawamura being the other) who was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame after being killed in World War II.

Kageura's team reached the finals in the 1932 National High School Baseball Championship, but his team was defeated by Masao Yoshida in the championship game.

After getting his degree at Rikkyo University,[1] Kageura joined the Tigers of the nascent Japanese Baseball League (JBL) and he was a good rival for Eiji Sawamura of the Giants. Kageura won the 1936 JBL ERA title with a 0.79 mark. He did not play in the JBL from 1939 to 1942, returning to the Tigers for the 1943 season (although he did not pitch that season).

Kageura was killed in the Battle of Luzon, in the Philippines, in World War II. He was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame by the Special Committee in 1965.


  1. ^ Masaru Kageura entry, Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame website. Retrieved Aug. 22, 2020.

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