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Munetaka Murakami hits 56th home run, topping Japan's legend Oh

Swallows' 22-year-old slugger becomes youngest to win batting triple crown

Tokyo Yakult Swallows infielder Munetaka Murakami made Japanese baseball history on Oct. 3 by hitting his 56th home run of the season.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Star slugger Munetaka Murakami hit his 56th home run of the season on Monday, surpassing legend Sadaharu Oh in a milestone for Japanese baseball fans.

Murakami, in the last game of the regular season for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows, also clinched his first triple crown -- amassing the highest batting average, most home runs and most runs batted in -- becoming the first player in Japanese professional baseball to accomplish the feat in 18 years.

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