|1994 Japan Series|
|Dates||October 22–29, 1994|
|MVP||Hiromi Makihara (YOM)|
|FSA||Kazuhiro Kiyohara (SEI)|
|Television||Japan: Canal+ Japan (Games 1), NHK2 (Games 1) USA: Prime/SportsChannel regional sports networks (one-week delay)|
|TV announcers||USA: Ken Harrelson, Tom Paciorek, Wayne Graczyk|
|Radio||Japan: NHK Radio 1, TBS (JRN), JOQR (NRN), NBS (NRN), Radio Nippon, NACK5 FM|
The 1994 Japan Series was the Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) championship series for the 1994 season. It was the 45th Japan Series and featured the Pacific League champion Seibu Lions against the Central League champion Yomiuri Giants. The series was the eighth time the two franchises played each other for the championship.
Because this year's edition of the Japan Series took place during the Major League Baseball strike that scuttled the entire postseason, including the World Series, it received much more attention than normal in the United States. Most memorably, the cover of the October 31 issue of Sports Illustrated featured Lions pitcher Hisanobu Watanabe along with the tagline "The World's Series", in the Lions' 11-0 win in Game One. Chicago-area Regional Sports Networks broadcast the game in English on a week delay basis, with Ken Harrelson being the lead broadcaster. This resulted eventually in Major League Baseball acquiring Japanese players upon the end of the strike.
This was the first Japan Series to feature night games, and the first with a reduction in extra innings. The Series, which had an 18-inning limit before a tie game, adopted a 15-inning limit before Series games were tied.
|1||October 22||Seibu Lions – 11, Yomiuri Giants – 0||Tokyo Dome||2:57||46,177|
|2||October 23||Seibu Lions – 0, Yomiuri Giants – 1||Tokyo Dome||2:25||46,342|
|3||October 25||Yomiuri Giants – 2, Seibu Lions – 1||Seibu Lions Stadium||3:20||31,838|
|4||October 26||Yomiuri Giants – 5, Seibu Lions – 6||Seibu Lions Stadium||4:12||31,883|
|5||October 27||Yomiuri Giants – 9, Seibu Lions – 3||Seibu Lions Stadium||3:40||31,872|
|6||October 29||Seibu Lions – 1, Yomiuri Giants – 3||Tokyo Dome||2:53||46,307|
|WP: Hisanobu Watanabe (1–0) LP: Masumi Kuwata (0–1)|
SEI: Kazuhiro Kiyohara (1), Norio Tanabe (1)
|WP: Hiromi Makihara (1–0) LP: Kimiyasu Kudoh (0–1)|
|WP: Hiroshi Ishige (1–0) LP: Takehiro Ishii (0–1) Sv: Masumi Kuwata (1)|
|WP: Takehiro Ishii (1–1) LP: Masao Kida (0–1)|
YOM: Hideki Matsui (1), Hiromoto Okubo (1)
SEI: Kazuhiro Kiyohara (2)
|WP: Masumi Kuwata (1–1) LP: Kento Sugiyama (0–1)|
YOM: Sadaaki Yoshimura (1), Koichi Ogata (1), Henry Cotto (1)
SEI: Kazuhiro Kiyohara 2 (4)
|WP: Hiromi Makihara (2–0) LP: Kimiyasu Kudoh (0–2)|
YOM: Henry Cotto (2)
- "Table of Contents, October 31, 1994 Issue". SI Vault. Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on 23 November 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-25.
- Daily Yomuiri: Historic Series Should Spark Change
- 1994年度日本シリーズ 試合結果 (in Japanese). Nippon Professional Baseball. Retrieved June 10, 2010.
- Nippon Professional Baseball—Official website (in English)