|3rd Base 4th|
|Original run||1993 – 1993|
3rd Base 4th (4番サード, Yonban Sādo?) is a shōnen sports manga by Gosho Aoyama. 3rd Base 4th was serialized in Shogakukan's Weekly Shōnen Sunday in 1993, and it is one volume
Shigeo Nagashima (長嶋茂雄, Nagashima Shigeo?) plays for his school, Kohnan's, baseball team. However he isn't a very good player. One day, he walks into a mysterious store where he buys a baseball bat. Little does he know that the bat is in fact magical. It enables him to hit every pitch, but on one condition: every time he uses it, he has to pay money to the mysterious store.
Kohnan's team reaches the championship game, where they face another school, Ougane. On the opposing team is Kazuhisa Inao (稲尾 和久, Inao Kazuhisa?), who has a baseball glove that is also magical, and can throw the fastest pitches. Like Shigeo, he must also pay for this. But, unlike Shigeo (who has to work very hard for every yen), Kazuhisa can afford this cost.
In Other Media Edit
Shigeo and Kazuhisa make and appearance in chapters 445-449 of Gosho Aoyama's series, Detective Conan.
Both Shigeo Nagashima and Kazuhisa Inao are well-known Japanese baseball players in real life.