Kentarō Ogawa (January 12, 1934 – October 7, 1995) was a Japanese professional baseball player. A right-handed submarine-style pitcher, he played in Japan for the Chunichi Dragons. Ogawa was one of the top pitchers in Nippon Professional Baseball before a scandal derailed his career. During his prime years from 1965–1969, Ogawa won 93 games, including winning 20 games or more twice.
|Born: January 12, 1934|
Kurume, Fukuoka, Japan
|Died: October 7, 1995(aged 61)|
|Nippon Professional Baseball debut|
|1964, for the Chunichi Dragons|
|May, 1970, for the Chunichi Dragons|
|Career highlights and awards|
Deciding to return to professional baseball at age 30, he made his NPB debut for the Chunichi Dragons in 1964. In 1967 he went 29-12 with a 2.51 ERA and 16 complete games, winning the Eiji Sawamura Award. The next year he led the league in losses with 20, while still compiling a low 3.27 ERA and 9 complete games. In 1969 he returned to form, winning 20 games for the second time.
Black Mist scandalEdit
In 1970 Ogawa started the season 2–1 with a 1.71 ERA.
On May 6 of that year, Ogawa was arrested for taking part in auto race-fixing. He was also implicated in baseball game-fixing. On June 6, 1970, the NPB commissioner committee banned Ogawa for life.
- McKenna, Brian. Early Exits: The Premature Endings of Baseball Careers (Scarecrow Press, 2007), p. 17.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference