Sachio Kinugasa, a baseball hall of famer with speed and power who topped Lou Gehrig’s then major league record of “most consecutive games played” in 1987, has died, sources said April 24. He was 71.

The cause and the date of his death were not immediately available.

Adept at slugging home runs, stealing bases and snaring grounders to the hot corner, the Hiroshima Carp third baseman earned the nickname “Tetsujin” (iron man) for his durability.

Born in Kyoto, Kinugasa competed in the spring and summer national high school baseball tournaments as a third-year student of Heian Senior High School (current Ryukoku University Heian Senior High School).

In both tournaments, his team advanced to the best eight.

In 1965, Kinugasa joined the Hiroshima Carp, providing solid defense in the field and a home run threat at the plate.

His multiple talents contributed to the Carp’s five Central League pennants and three Japan Series championships.

When Hiroshima claimed its first league title in 1975, the team was called the “red helmet corps,” with Kinugasa and Koji Yamamoto supplying much of the power.

Kinugasa’s consecutive game streak started in 1970. Seventeen years later, in June 1987, he topped the major league record of 2,130 games set by Gehrig in 1939.

Kinugasa extended the streak to 2,215 games until he retired later in 1987.

Although Cal Ripken Jr. broke Gehrig’s streak for the major league record, Kinugasa’s mark still stands in Japanese professional baseball.

The government in 1987 presented the People’s Honor Award to Kinugawa, only the second professional baseball player to receive the award following Sadaharu Oh.

In 1996, Kinugasa was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Japan.

During his years as a professional baseball player, all with the Carp, Kinugasa had 2,543 hits, 504 home runs, 1,448 runs batted in and 266 stolen bases.

He was the stolen base champ in 1976 and captured the RBI crown in 1984.