Kaoru Betto

Kaoru Betto
別当 薫
Born: (1920-08-23)August 23, 1920
Nishinomiya, Hyōgo
Died: April 16, 1999(1999-04-16) (aged 78)
Batted: Right Threw: Right
NPB debut
1948, for the Ōsaka Tigers
Last NPB appearance
1957, for the Mainichi Orions
NPB statistics
Batting average .302
Hits 965
RBIs 549

As a player

As a manager

Career highlights and awards
Member of the Japanese
Baseball Hall of Fame
Induction 1988
Election Method Selection Committee for Players
Last updated on: November 24, 2009

Kaoru Betto (別当 薫, Bettō Kaoru, born August 23, 1920 in Nishinomiya, Hyōgo) was a Nippon Professional Baseball player. After playing for the Ōsaka Tigers for two years, Betto played for the Mainichi Orions from 1950 to 1957. In his first season with the Orions, Betto won the NPB's first Pacific League MVP Award and helped lead the team to victory in the first Japan Series.

A T-shirt featuring a cartoon image of Kaoru Betto was worn by Jeff Bridges' characters in at least 3 films, including The Fisher King,[1] Cold Feet, and The Big Lebowski.


  1. "Jeff Bridges in The Fisher King". July 2005. Archived from the original on July 27, 2011.

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