2001 Japan Series

2001 Japan Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Yakult Swallows (4) Tsutomu Wakamatsu 76-58-6
Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes (1) Masataka Nashida 78-60-2
Dates October 20–25
MVP Atsuya Furuta
Television ABC (Games 1, 2), Fuji Television (Games 3, 5), TV Asahi (Game 4)
← 2000 Japan Series 2002 β†’

The 2001 Japan Series was the 52nd edition of Nippon Professional Baseball's postseason championship series. It matched the Central League champion Yakult Swallows against the Pacific League champion Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes. The Swallows defeated the Buffaloes in five games to claim their fifth Japan Series championship.

Osaka Kintetsu Buffaloes

Kintetsu had one of the most powerful offenses ever seen in the league. Foreign import Tuffy Rhodes teamed up with Norihiro Nakamura to become one of the most feared hitting tandems in Nippon Professional Baseball history. Rhodes hit 55 home runs to tie the NPB record for most home runs hit in a season, while Nakamura hit 46 home runs of his own.

Yakult Swallows

Most of the core team from the 1997 Japan Series championship still remained in Kazuhisa Ishii and all-world catcher Atsuya Furuta. Shinya Miyamoto anchored the middle of the infield.


Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Buffaloes – 0, Swallows – 7 October 20 Osaka Dome 33,837[1]
2 Buffaloes – 9, Swallows – 6 October 21 Osaka Dome 33,277[1]
3 Swallows – 9, Buffaloes – 2 October 23 Jingu Stadium 30,443[1]
4 Swallows – 2, Buffaloes – 1 October 24 Jingu Stadium 32,145[1]
5 Swallows – 4, Buffaloes – 2 October 25 Jingu Stadium 32,568[1]

Game 1

Game 1 would become one of the best pitching performances turned in by any one starter in quite some time. In fact, it almost became historic. Yakult ace Kazuhisa Ishii kept the powerful Buffaloes lineup at bay, striking out 12 batters and walking 4. After walking the first batter of the game, Ishii retired the next 8 batters he faced. He would no-hit the Buffaloes through 6 and 1/3 innings and eventually shut them out, throwing a complete game.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e 2001εΉ΄εΊ¦ζ—₯ζœ¬γ‚·γƒͺγƒΌγ‚Ίγ€€θ©¦εˆη΅ζžœ (in Japanese). Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved May 12, 2010.