The 5'8" 180-lb Nakanishi could reportedly hit a ball 500 feet, but burned out early
due to injuries and scandal. He won four consecutive Japanese home run titles from
1953 through 1956, hitting as many as 36 HR in 1953. Through 1958, his average never
below .296. He played his last full season at age 27, but after missing most of two
years, rebounded in 1961 with 21 HR in 99 games. Appointed the Nishitetsu Lions'
manager for 1963, he remained a part-time player and led his club to the Japan Series.
He continued to pinch hit effectively for another four seasons. Upon retiring, he
became a commentator, but his broadcast career ended abruptly when three Lions were
among six players barred for life for fixing games. Although not directly implicated,
Nakanishi proclaimed himself responsible, and vowed to break all contact with baseball.