Hisashi Yamada (山田 久志 Yamada Hisashi, born July 29, 1948 in Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan) is a retired Japanese professional baseball submarine pitcher. He played with the Hankyu Braves in Nippon Professional Baseball from 1969 to 1988.
Hisashi Yamada at Bs SQUARE Open, Kyosera Dome, Osaka, March 7, 2014
|Born: July 29, 1948|
Noshiro, Akita Prefecture, Japan
|1969, for the Hankyu Braves|
|1988, for the Hankyu Braves|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Member of the Japanese|
|Baseball Hall of Fame|
Yamada won the Pacific League MVP for three years in a row (1976 to 1978), sharing a record with Ichiro Suzuki (1994–1996) for the most consecutive awards won. In addition, Yamade won the Japan Series MVP in 1977. He won 20 or more games four times in his career, including notching 26 victories in 1976. Yamada twice won the Pacific League earned run average championship, with marks of 2.37 in 1971 and 2.28 in 1977.