Baseball-Reference adds Japanese league stats back to 1936

We’re excited to pass along this update from SABR member Sean Forman, founder of

We are very pleased to announce that we have added complete Nippon Professional Baseball stats back to the start of professional baseball in Japan in 1936. This work was compiled from existing sources by Ted Turocy (creator of the Chadwick Baseball Bureau). These stats are updated daily, so you can track Wladimir Balentien’s chase of Sadaharu Oh.

This data was also incorporated into our MLB players pages. So if you go to Ichiro’s page, you will now see a “Show NPB/Minors” link above his batting stats and clicking on that will show you his NPB stats along with his mlb stats.

You can view the Japanese league stats at


Originally published: August 30, 2013. Last Updated: August 30, 2013.