born:(1935-06-29)june 29, 1935 kyōtango, kyoto, japan
died: february 11, 2020(2020-02-11) (aged 84) setagaya, tokyo, japan
june 17, 1954, for the nankai hawks
last npb appearance
october 3, 1980, for the seibu lions
nankai hawks (1954–1977)
lotte orions (1978)
seibu lions (1979–1980)
nankai hawks (1970–1977)
yakult swallows (1990–1998)
hanshin tigers (1999–2001)
tohoku rakuten golden eagles (2006–2009)
career highlights and awards
5× pl mvp (1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1973)
5x japan series champion (1959, 1964, 1993, 1995, 1997)
npbtriple crown (1965)
9x pl home run leader (1957, 1961–1968)
7x pl rbi leader (1962–1967, 1972)
19x best nine award (1956–1968, 1970–1973, 1975, 1976)
2x all-star series mvp (1972, 1977)
matsutaro shoriki award (1993)
member of the japanese
baseball hall of fame
katsuya nomura (野村 克也, nomura katsuya, june 29, 1935 – february 11, 2020) was a japanese nippon professional baseball (npb) catcher and manager. during his over 26-season playing career mostly spent with the nankai hawks (now the fukuoka softbank hawks), he became one of npb's greatest offensive catchers. he was awarded the pacific leaguemvp award five times, became the first npb batter to win the triple crown in 1965, and holds the record for second-most home runs and rbis in npb history.
nomura was a player-manager for the last eight years he was with the hawks, leading them to the pacific league title in 1973. after playing, he became a full-time manager and served led the yakult swallows to four league titles and three japan series championships from 1990 to 1998. later, he managed the hanshin tigers for three seasons and the tohoku rakuten golden eagles for four seasons until his retirement in 2009. as a manager, nomura recorded 1,565 wins, the fifth-most wins of any manager in npb history. he was elected to the japanese baseball hall of fame in 1989.
Katsuya Nomura (野村 克也, Nomura Katsuya, June 29, 1935 – February 11, 2020) was a Japanese Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) catcher and manager. During his over 26-season playing career mostly spent with the Nankai Hawks (now the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks), he became one of NPB's greatest offensive catchers. He was awarded the Pacific LeagueMVP Award five times, became the first NPB batter to win the Triple Crown in 1965, and holds the record for second-most home runs and RBIs in NPB history.
Nomura was a player-manager for the last eight years he was with the Hawks, leading them to the Pacific League title in 1973. After playing, he became a full-time manager and served led the Yakult Swallows to four league titles and three Japan Series championships from 1990 to 1998. Later, he managed the Hanshin Tigers for three seasons and the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles for four seasons until his retirement in 2009. As a manager, Nomura recorded 1,565 wins, the fifth-most wins of any manager in NPB history. He was elected to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1989.