Japanese baseball great Oh to have museum

Japanese baseball great Sadaharu Oh will soon have his own

museum.

The Sadaharu Oh Baseball Museum will open July 3 in the outfield

concourse at Fukuoka Yahoo Dome, where Oh spent 15 years as manager

of the Softbank Hawks.

“I hope it’s a museum where people, especially young people,

will be inspired,” he said Wednesday.

The museum will feature interactive exhibits like batting

machines and will show footage of Oh’s 756th home run in 1977 that

surpassed Hank Aaron’s then major league record of 755.

“Sadaharu Oh is a treasure of the international baseball world

and we wanted to build a museum that would capture the spirit of

his illustrious career,” Softbank owner Masayoshi Son said.

When Oh surpassed Aaron’s career home run record in 1977, it was

one of the biggest news stories in Japan that year. The 69-year-old

Oh retired as a manager in 2008 after being diagnosed with stomach

cancer.

Oh hit a record 868 home runs over 22 seasons with the Yomiuri

Giants, helping his team win nine straight Japan Series

championships between 1965-73. Oh also holds the Japanese

single-season home run record of 55, which has been equaled by

Tuffy Rhodes and Alex Cabrera.

As a manager, Oh led Japan to the title at the inaugural World

Baseball Classic in 2006. He also guided the Hawks to the Japan

Series title in 1999 and 2003, and served as Yomiuri Giants manager

for five years from 1984.