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April 6, 2002 -  The field boss whosw clubs have seen in the most victories was Kuzuto "oyabun" Tsuruoka, who managed the Nankai (now Daiei) Hawks for 23 seasons from 1946 to 1968, proving victorious 1773 times while losing on another 1140.

     Btw, since you're no doubt wondering, the head man with the most defeats is former Yomiuri Giants, Taiyo Whales, Nishitetsu Lions, Kintetsu Buffaloes and Yakult Swallows skipper Osami Mihara, who dropped 1453 against 1687 wins. He also managed the most games, 3248.

     For those who want to judge by winning percentage with at least 1,000 games under his belt, Tsuruoka owns that as well with a .609 mark. Tetsuharu Kawakami, who managed the Yomiuri Giants to their nine straight Japan Series titles, was second at .591.

     Total wins stack up like this (top five): Tsuruoka, Mihara, Sadayoshi Fujimoto (Yomiuri, Hanshin twice, Hankyu Braves, Shochiku Robins, Daiei Unions) 1657, Shigeru Mizuhara (Yomiuri, Chunichi, Toei Flyers) 1586, Yukio Nishimoto (Hankyu, Daimai Orions, Kintetsu) 1384.

     Among active managers, the leader is Daiei's Sadaharu Oh, with 812 triumphs going into this season. Senichi Hoshino of Hanshin is second with 767. Katsuya Nomura, who got canned to make room for Hoshino, had been tops with 1309.


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