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Sad news came last week with the death of Nobuyuki “Dokaben” Kagawa, the roly-poly rotund catcher of the 1980s Nankai Hawks. He died of an apparent heart attack on Sept. 26 in Fukuoka at the age of 52.

Kagawa looked more like a sumo wrestler than a baseball player. He played for the Hawks in Osaka from 1980 to 1988 and marked his final season with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks in 1989 before retiring.

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