In 2009 Japan’s Minister
for Foreign Affairs Mr. Hirofumi Nakasone honored his favorite baseball hero –
Sadaharu Oh - by naming the former Softbank Hawks manager as a special
ambassador for Japanese baseball.
Since his retirement, Oh also served as an adviser to
Japanese baseball commissioner Ryozo Kato.
‘‘Making exchanges with other countries through baseball
will also benefit Japan diplomatically,’’ Nakasone said in formally
delegating the task to Oh.
The day was also marked by a visit by Prime Minister Taro
Aso, who said he could not think of a better person to promote friendship with
the U.S., Asia and other countries by means of baseball."
‘‘I have a specific title but I am not thinking about
doing anything special,’’ said Oh. ‘‘I will just continue to do my best for
young people through baseball.’‘
Oh has remained committed to inspiring young people (both in Japan and around the globe) since forming the World Children's Baseball Fair with fellow home run legend Henry Aaron in 1989. The event is held at different locations around the world each year (2010 event was in Tokyo) to foster an environment
of world understanding and cultural exchange through the