Masaaki Ikenaga, a former professional baseball pitcher for the Nishitetsu Lions who was permanently disqualified for the so-called "black fog" incident and was later released from the game, has passed away.

he was 76 years old.

In 1965, Mr. Ikenaga joined the Nishitetsu professional baseball team from Shimonoseki Commercial in Yamaguchi Prefecture.

In 1970, he was "permanently disqualified" for being involved in match-fixing in the so-called "Black Mist" incident, but he continued to deny involvement in match-fixing, and the disposition was lifted in 2005. it was done.

According to people involved, Mr. Ikenaga passed away on the night of the 25th.