Baseball legend Nomura dies at 84

​TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - Katsuya Nomura, the former Nippon Professional Baseball player and manager of teams including the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, died Tuesday at 84.

Katsuya Nomura, the former Nippon Professional Baseball player and manager of teams including the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, died Tuesday at 84.
According to authorities at the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department, Nomura at around daybreak was taken from his home to a Tokyo hospital where he was subsequently pronounced dead.
He is believed to have died of an illness.
Nomura in 1954 joined the Nankai Hawks (currently known as SoftBank) out of Mineyama High School in Kyoto after a tryout.
He became one of the faces of the NPB world as a hitter and catcher, putting together a Triple Crown season in 1965. Nomura joined Yakult as its skipper in 1990 and guided the club to three Japan Series championships.
He also managed the Hanshin Tigers and Tohoku Rakuten Eagles in his career.

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