|Born: November 27, 1949|
Toyota District, Hiroshima, Japan
|1968, for the Tokyo Orions|
|Last NPB appearance|
|1990, for the Lotte Orions|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Member of the Japanese|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
Murata missed all of the 1983 season and most of the 1984 season. Rebounding in 1985 with a 17-5 record, he won the Nippon Professional Baseball Comeback Player of the Year Award.
In 1989 he again led the Pacific League in ERA.
In 2008, Murata served on the Eiji Sawamura Award selection committee.