Choji Murata was a pitcher for Nippon Professional Baseball in Japan. From 1968 to 1990, he was a member of Tokyo/Lotte Oriones.

Choji Murata, a Japanese pitcher in the Hall of Fame, died in a house fire

Japanese pitcher Choji Murata has died after being taken to a hospital after a fire broke out at his residence in Tokyo early Friday, according to police. He was 72 years old.

Police are investigating the cause of the fire after Murata was found on the charred second floor of the property, which is about a kilometer from the railway station.

Early life

Choji Murata was born on November 27, 1949 in the Toyota district of Hiroshima. He has Japanese nationality and his zodiac sign is Sagittarius. He belongs to the white race.

In 1975 and 1976, Choji Murata had the highest earned run average in the Pacific League. He had only one season with 20 or more victories, 1976, when he won 21 games. Extreme pain and overuse damage to Morata’s throwing arm forced him to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery, which Dr. Frank Job in California in 1982.

(Morata was the first Japanese pitcher to undergo the operation.) As a result, Morata missed most of the 1982, 1983, and 1984 seasons while he recovered. Morata earned the Nippon Professional Baseball Comeback Player of the Year award in 1985 after returning with a 17–5 record. He again had the lowest ERA in the Pacific League in 1989.

After retiring in 1990 with over 200 career victories, Murata joined Mikioki. In 2005, he was inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame. Murata participated in the selection process for the 2008 Eiji Sawamura Award.