One thought on “Sadaharu Oh: A Zen Way of Baseball”

  1. Although Barry Bonds holds the overall major league record for home runs and Hank Aaron holds the non-fortified record, both men fall short of the home run king of Japanese baseball: The Yomiuri Giants' Sadaharu Oh, who put the ball over the fence 868 times between 1959 and 1980.Oh debuted with the Giants as a pitcher but was moved into the everyday lineup as his hitting skills began to show and his pitching skills never did. He hit the ball often as well as far, posting a lifetime .301 batting [...]

  2. This is not your run-of-the-mill sports book. It is a fascinating book about the great Japanese home run hitter, and how he had to struggle to over come his defects. Falkner brings Oh - and postwar Japan - to life. His writing style is simple, yet beautiful. You don't have to like baseball to like this book. It's inspiring to learn that Oh was on the brink of failure before becoming a very great hitter. To me the theme of this book is that talent is not enough, that there are people and things o [...]

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