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Japanese baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Masaichi Kaneda, whose 400 wins are the most in the country’s pro baseball history, died Sunday morning in a Tokyo hospital of acute cholangitis at the age of 86.

Kaneda, who turned pro in 1950 before he was 17, had a 20-year career. He spent the first 15 with the lowly Kokutetsu Swallows before joining the Yomiuri Giants as a free agent in 1965, the year the Giants won the first of nine-straight Japan Series championships.

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