OH My! Japanese Star Equals MLB Best Four Homers In Single Game Print E-mail
Written by Jim Rednour   
Saturday, 26 March 2011


On May 3, 1964 Sadaharu Oh of the Yomiuri Giants did something that only 15 Major Leaguers and 5 Nippon Professional Baseball (Japanese) players have ever done: hit four home runs in a single, regulation game. 

 

In doing so, Oh tied the all-time NPB record held by Yoshiyuki Iwamoto, and matched  the all-time MLB record; joining some of the sports all-time greatest sluggers including 500 Home Run Club dignitaries Willie Mays and Mike Schmidt.

 

Oh’s feat came in a nine inning game against the Hanshin Tigers, enroute to the Japanese record of 55 homers in one season.

 

After his four home run game baseball’s ultimate Zen master (his autobiography is actually called “The Zen Way of Baseball” shared the credit with his opponents: “The opponents and I are really one,” said Oh. “My strength and skills are only half of the equation. The other half is theirs. An opponent is someone whose strength joined to yours creates a certain result.”

 





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