Hey baseball fans!
Happy New Year!! Sorry I haven't posted in about a week. I was vacationing in Florida. Anyway, for today's post, I will be blogging about a baseball player who never played in the states, but is one of the most popular international baseball players of all time.
Sadaharu Oh played for the Yomiuri Giants from 1959-1980 in the professional Japanese baseball league. He originally was a pitcher, but was converted to a power-hitting first baseman after his rookie season. Kind of reminds me of Babe Ruth! From there, his career took off. Besides leading all of Japan in batting average five times, he was a major power hitter. He currently owns the record for most international home runs in a career with 868 and led Japan in homers for 15 seasons. He batted a lifetime .301, hit 868 homers (as I said before), with 2,170 RBIs, and 2,786 hits. He won the MVP award nine times!! After his playing career ended, he managed his Giants from 1984-1988, which delayed his Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame induction to 1994.
So, what have we learned from this international star? We have learned that even if you aren't playing ball in the states, it doesn't mean that you're not going to make an impact on our national pastime. Don't give up if you're traded to Japan. Take it as an opportunity to make an impact in some place new and don't lose hope. Hope you enjoyed reading this post! Thanks for reading!