|Born: August 11, 1965|
Chigasaki, Kanagawa, Japan
|October 16, 1986, for the Chunichi Dragons|
|Last NPB appearance|
|October 7, 2015, for the Chunichi Dragons|
|NPB statistics |
|Career highlights and awards|
Masahiro 'Masa' Yamamoto (山本昌, born August 11, 1965, in Chigasaki, Kanagawa Prefecture) is a left-handed, retired Japanese professional baseball pitcher. A screwballer, Yamamoto pitched for the Chunichi Dragons in Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball for 29 years from 1986 to 2015. He is the oldest Japanese pitcher to win a baseball game. With 200+ career victories, he is a member of Meikyukai.
Yamamoto attended Nichidai Fujisawa High School, and was selected at age 18 by Chunichi.
On September 5, 2014, Yamamoto won his first and only start of the season at Nagoya Dome in a shutout match against the Hanshin Tigers, making him the oldest Japanese pitcher to win a game, at 49 years, 25 days, surpassing the old mark of 48 years, 4 months set by the Hankyu Braves’ Shinji Hamazaki in 1950. During the game, he threw 90 pitches in five scoreless innings, gave up five hits and a walk, and striking out two.
- Snyder, Matt. "Masahiro Yamamoto will turn 50 next year while pitching in Japan," CBSSports.com (November 6, 2014).
- "Dragons lefty Yamamoto sets NPB record for oldest winning pitcher at age 49". The Japan Times. September 5, 2014. Retrieved 2014-09-08.
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