After 15 seasons with the Swallows he moved to the Yomiuri Giants. I'm not entirely sure how he moved but it appears to be as a free agent - not that NPB had real free agency at the time. I suspect it had something to do with Kokutetsu selling the team to Sankei after the 1964 season (although Sankei didn't officially take over the team until the 1965 season had already started). He couldn't have joined the Giants at a better time - 1965 would be the first of nine straight Central League pennants and Nippon Series Championships for the Giants. Kaneda's years of overwork with the Swallows caught up with him after he joined the Giants and he developed elbow issues that caused his workload to decrease quite a bit. Of course, it helped that the Giants had other quality pitchers they could use as well. He didn't win 20 games in any of his five seasons with the Giants - in fact he only made more than 20 STARTS in one of them (1967, probably his best season with Yomiuri). He retired after getting his 400th win at the end of the 1969 season.
He lead the Central League in wins three times (1957, 1958 & 1963), ERA three times (1957, 1958 and 1965) and strikeouts 10 times (1951-1953, 1955, 1956, 1958-1960, 1963 and 1964). He won three Sawamura Awards (1956-58), was named to the Best 9 team three times (1957, 1958 and 1963) and was selected for the All Star team 17 times (1951-1964, 1967-1969). He holds the record for most career wins (400), loses (298), strikeouts (4490), complete games (365), innings pitched (5,5262⁄3) and walks (1,808). He is second only to Victor Starffin on the list of career shut outs (Straffin had 83, Kaneda had 82). He also hit the most home runs of any pitcher - 36. The Giants retired his uniform number (34) when he retired (the Swallows did not and it's been used almost every season since he left the team). He was elected to the Hall Of Fame in 1988.
After retiring Kaneda had two stints managing the Lotte Orions. The first was from 1973 to 1978. He led the Orions to victory in the 1974 Nippon Series over the Chunichi Dragons. He returned to the team for the 1990 and 1991 seasons, the team's last two years in Kawasaki before moving across Tokyo Bay to Chiba and becoming the Chiba Lotte Marines.
Some trivia about Kaneda - he was ethnically Korean although he became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 1959. He had three younger brothers who played professional baseball although only one of them (Tomehiro) ever played at the top level in NPB. Tomehiro passed away a year ago this month. Kaneda founded the Meikyukai in 1978 to honor players born in the Showa Era who had achieved 2000 hits or 200 wins in their NPB career. He was also featured in a marketing campaign for Subaru in the US in the 1970's.
I thought I'd share a bunch of my cards of Kaneda. First up a bunch of cards from when he was a player. These are all from his time with Kokutetsu as his years with the Giants correspond to years between the end of menko in 1964 and Calbee's first year in 1973 where there were very few cards in Japan.
|~1950 Uncataloged Menko|
|1958 Marusan JCM 42|
|1959 Doyusha Game Set (w/Takao Katsuragi on the left)|
|1959 Doyusha JCM 30b|
|1961 Marusan JCM 12c|
|1963 Marusho JCM 13c|
|1964 Fujiya Gum|
|1975 NST #113|
|1977 Calbee #|
|2012 BBM No-Hitters #23|
|1994 BBM Perfect Pitching #P4|
|2013 BBM 80th Anniversary Pitchers Edition #93|
|1995 BBM #326|
|2001 BBM #534|
|2013 "Giants OB Card" SGA card|
|2014 Epoch Giants V9 Glorious Victory #10|
|2009 BBM Ultimate Southpaw #07|
|2009 BBM Ultimate Southpaw #29|
|2009 BBM Ultimate Southpaw #32|