The Early Life of Baseball Legend Sadaharu Oh Print E-mail
Written by Liz Banks   
Tuesday, 01 October 2013

Sadaharu Oh is one of the most prominent people in baseball history. The lefty first baseman made his professional debut only in the year 1959 when he was just 19 years of age. He is now 73 years old and still active as a manager. He ended his professional career in October 1980, with 868 home runs to his name, instantly taking him to the baseball hall of fame. He had a batting average of .301 with over two thousand runs batted in. This is a story about one of Oh’s early games, before he got into the professional league.

High School Recognition

While he was in high school, Sadaharu Oh was his team's pitcher. Unfortunately, before a tournament two years prior to his global recognition, he faced a minor injury during the onset of the games. In the Spring Koshien Tournament, Oh's team depended on him to pitch to get through the tournament. Being the ace pitcher in his school, he hid the fact that he had painful blisters on his fingers. The lefty went through with the games without informing his team about the injury. Through determination, Oh was certain that he could continue pitching for his team.

High School Tournament in 1957

In the first game he found that the pain was quite testing, but he continued anyway. It was during this game that the catcher noticed that the ball had bloodstains on it, coming from Oh's fingers. Sadaharu convinced him to keep the secret and continue playing the matches. He took his team to victory in the first game. The second game was even more taxing than the first. It was extremely painful and the infection was becoming worse. He managed with great effort to get past this game as well, and took his team to the next round.

High School Recognition

While he was in high school, Sadaharu Oh was his team's pitcher. Unfortunately, before a tournament two years prior to his global recognition, he faced a minor injury during the onset of the games. In the Spring Koshien Tournament, Oh's team depended on him to pitch to get through the tournament. Being the ace pitcher in his school, he hid the fact that he had painful blisters on his fingers. The lefty went through with the games without informing his team about the injury. Through determination, Oh was certain that he could continue pitching for his team.

High School Tournament in 1957

In the first game he found that the pain was quite testing, but he continued anyway. It was during this game that the catcher noticed that the ball had bloodstains on it, coming from Oh's fingers. Sadaharu convinced him to keep the secret and continue playing the matches. He took his team to victory in the first game. The second game was even more taxing than the first. It was extremely painful and the infection was becoming worse. He managed with great effort to get past this game as well, and took his team to the next round.

Sadaharu OhDedication and Determination

It was unfortunate that the league was designed such that the championship required his team to win to more matches. The main issue was that these two matches were consecutive. Forcing himself to endure, he won the next game as well after pitching through the entire thing. It was then that Oh decided the pain was too much for him to continue playing. It so happened, Sadaharu's father, who had been watching the games from Tokyo, Japan, had noticed his son's injury on screen.

Earning the Nation's Respect

He flew all the way from Japan to the States to bring his boy some herbal medicine that would help the injury. Against all odds, the remedy worked wonders, and Oh was able to make his team the champions of the tourney. The final game was a thrilling match where his team won by a single run. It was in this match that Sadaharu Oh earned respect from people all over America. Two years later, in 1959, Oh made his MLB debut as a first baseman for the Yomiuri Giants. He played for them through the entirety of his career.

Dedication and Determination

It was unfortunate that the league was designed such that the championship required his team to win to more matches. The main issue was that these two matches were consecutive. Forcing himself to endure, he won the next game as well after pitching through the entire thing. It was then that Oh decided the pain was too much for him to continue playing. It so happened, Sadaharu's father, who had been watching the games from Tokyo, Japan, had noticed his son's injury on screen.

Earning the Nation's Respect

He flew all the way from Japan to the States to bring his boy some herbal medicine that would help the injury. Against all odds, the remedy worked wonders, and Oh was able to make his team the champions of the tourney. The final game was a thrilling match where his team won by a single run. It was in this match that Sadaharu Oh earned respect from people all over America. Two years later, in 1959, Oh made his MLB debut as a first baseman for the Yomiuri Giants. He played for them through the entirety of his career.





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