The ’22-year-old giant’ Murakami Munetaka (Yakult Swallows) set the record for the most home runs in a single season by a Japanese on the last day of the regular Japanese regular season in the 2022 season.
Murakami hit his 56th solo home run in the bottom of the 7th inning in a home game against the Yokohama DeNA Baystars at Meiji Jingu Stadium in Tokyo, Japan on the 3rd.
With this, Murakami surpassed the previous record of 55 home runs set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and broke the record for most home runs in a single season for a Japanese in 58 years.
Murakami raised expectations for a new record by hitting 54 and 55 consecutive home runs against the Yomiuri Giants on the 13th. Moreover, Vladimir Valentin’s record of 60 home runs in a season in Japanese professional baseball recorded in 2013 was also the speed to surpass the ball.
However, Murakami’s artillery was silent in the following 13 games. So it was more dramatic. Murakami dramatically changed the history of Japanese professional baseball by hitting a home run in the last at-bat in the final game of the regular season.
Murakami recorded a .318 batting average, 56 homers and 134 RBI this year, making him the youngest player to win three batting titles. He surpassed the previous record set in 1982 by Hiromitsu Ochiai, who won three gold medals at the age of 29.
Murakami, who made the record, will receive a special gift.
Open House, a real estate company that supports the Yakult club, announced that it would give Murakami a house worth 300 million yen (about 2.9 billion won) in Tokyo.
The company, which originally promised to give a house worth 100 million yen if Murakami sets a new record, has decided to triple the amount.