Sadaharu Oh and his typical stance
Despite being born in Tokyo in 1940, Sadaharu Oh has been inducted to the Taiwanese Baseball Hall of Fame.
I hear you wonder: “why?”
Well, he was the son of a Chinese (Taiwanese) father and a Japanese mother. Despite the fact that he never played in Taiwan, Oh or Chen-Chih Wang (how he is called in Chinese) is regarded one of them as well. According to the website Taiwantoday.tw, Oh often visits Taiwan to coach young players.
Next to a magnificent career in which he set a world record of homeruns (868), Oh also has a nice record as a manager. He played his entire career for the Yomiuri Giants and celebrated eleven champioships as a player: 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973.
After his active career he accepted a job as assistent manager of the Yomiuri Giants. He served in that role from 1981 – 1983. From 1984 – 1988 he served as the manager of the Giants, but despite leading them to a Central League Pennant in 1987, the Giants never won the NPB championship under his helm.
In 1995 Oh returned to baseball and became manager of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks (back then the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks). He led the Hawks to three Pacific League pennants in 1999, 2000 and 2003, and two Japan Series titles in 1999 and 2003.
Oh was also the manager of the Japenese team that won the very first World Baseball Classic in 2006.
For a long time Oh also held the single season homerun record but lost it to Wladimir Balentien from Curacao in 2013 when the latter broke his record on September 15 of that year when he hit homerun #56 and #57. Eventually Balentien ended the season with 60 homeruns.