On September 5, 2014 — Masahiro Yamamoto becomes the oldest player to start a game, pitch in a game, bat in a game and strike out a batter in Nippon Pro Baseball history. At age 49 years and 25 days, the Chunichi Dragons veteran pitches five shutout innings with five hits and one walk before being pinch-hit for by Takeru Furumoto, who was born after Yamamoto had won 24 NPB games and 13 US minor league games over five years. Yamamoto and four relievers combine to blank the Hanshin Tigers, 6-0.
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