WBC: Japan’s Sadaharu Oh

On the Major League level, Hank Aaron is known for his 755 home runs, however there is one player that surpasses him — Sadaharu Oh.

Oh played for the famed Yomiuri Giants of the Japanese League, where we saw last season former Mets’ Manager Bobby Valentine lead them to the Japanese Championship. The thing that stands out about Oh, is that he’s the reigning home run King, doing it all naturally. Oh amassed an amazing 868 career home runs, 2,786 hits, 2,170 RBI’s and a lifetime batting average of .301.

In 1959, Oh signed with the Yomiuri Giants as a pitcher and then switched to first base, where he continued to improve his hitting skills and batting stance.

Some of Oh’s other baseball achievements are:

  • Drove in most runs for thirteen straight seasons.
  • Led the Japanese League in home runs for fifteen seasons, thirteen straight.
  • Five-time batting champion.
  • Japanese batting triple crown twice.
  • With the Giants, won eleven championships.
  • Named Japanese League MVP nine times.
  • Named to the All-Star team eighteen times.
  • Inducted into the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994.
  • Managed the Yomiuri Giants and the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks.

Besides the above, we can see Oh managing the WBC’s Japanese team. The only thing missing for Sadaharu Oh is enshrinement into Cooperstown. Will it happen? Some don’t think so, however I think he should be enshrined next to Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, and others. Hats off to Sadaharu Oh, a great baseball player.


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