September 30, 1988
Sadaharu Oh, the Japanese home run champion, resigned as manager of the Tokyo Yomiuri Giants, who are in third place in Japan's Central League, 9 games behind the Chunichi Dragons. Oh, 48, said he felt responsible for his team's failure to win the league's championship.
May 7, 1987 |
Bob Horner hit three home runs Wednesday night to power the Yakult Swallows of the Central League to a 6-3 victory over the Hanshin Tigers. The 29-year-old former Atlanta Brave has hit four homers in his first two games with the Swallows. The season record in Japan is 55, held by current Yomiuri Giants Manager Sadaharu Oh. "I'm not in perfect condition yet, and I've just tried to hit the ball," Horner said. Estimated crowds of 45,000 and 52,000 have attended Horner's first two games.
October 3, 2002 |
Alex Cabrera hit his 55th home run Wednesday, tying the Japanese record set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964 and matched by Tuffy Rhodes last year. Cabrera, formerly of the Arizona Diamondbacks, hit a solo homer in the eighth inning of the Seibu Lions' 4-1 loss to the Kintetsu Buffaloes. He tied the record in the 135th game of the 140-game season. "I feel so happy," Cabrera said. "I'll try for the record, and I'll break it for all fans."
September 25, 2001 |
Tuffy Rhodes, a former major league outfielder, hit his 55th home run to tie the Japanese Baseball League's single-season mark set by Sadaharu Oh in 1964. Rhodes, in his sixth season with the Osaka/Kintetsu Buffaloes, has five games remaining in the 140-game regular season to break the record. The last time a foreign player approached Oh's record was in 1985, when Randy Bass hit 54 homers for the Hanshin Tigers.