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Makoto KozuruDied: June 2, 2003 in Tokyo, JapanMakoto Kozuru, a star of Japanese baseball in the 1950s, died on June 2, 2003 of heart failure in Tokyo, Japan. He was 80.Kozuru holds the Japanese baseball single-season record of 161 RBIs and 143 runs. Both records were set in 1950 when he played for the Shochiku Robins. He was named league MVP that season and hit 51 home runs.In his 15-year career, Kozuru hit .280 with 230 home runs and 923 RBIs. He was elected to Japan’s Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980.Reports describe his batting style as a resembling a golf swing. He reportedly earned his nickname of the Japanese Joe DiMaggio for his resemblance to the American Hall of Famer.Following his retirement as a player, he was a batting coach and scout for the Hanshin Tigers.