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July 4, 2007 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
IT is four hours before the night's first pitch will be thrown and Sadaharu Oh is already in his temple, standing behind the batting cage simulating a hitter's swing, talking religion. Oh's house of worship is a ballpark -- any ballpark will do, but in this case it's the Fukuoka Dome in southern Japan where he is manager of the Softbank Hawks -- and his temporal faith follows the scripture on hitting a baseball.
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July 4, 2007 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
IT is four hours before the night's first pitch will be thrown and Sadaharu Oh is already in his temple, standing behind the batting cage simulating a hitter's swing, talking religion. Oh's house of worship is a ballpark -- any ballpark will do, but in this case it's the Fukuoka Dome in southern Japan where he is manager of the Softbank Hawks -- and his temporal faith follows the scripture on hitting a baseball.
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SPORTS
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.
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May 7, 1987 | United Press International
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.
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October 3, 2002 | Associated Press
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."
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September 25, 2001 | Bloomberg News Service and
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.
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December 28, 1991
Ten things that are certain to happen in 1992: 1. Wally Joyner will have his usual sub-par second half, but will blame it on the painful artificial turf in Kansas City. 2. Chris Gwynn will outhit his brother, but will credit it to the kind artificial turf in Kansas City. 3. Marcus Allen will make the same salary as in 1991. 4. Tom Webster will bring back the Gretzky-Kurri-Sandstrom line in the playoffs, popularizing the phrase, "The Great Line and pray for nine." 5. The USC sports information department will spend thousands to promote Deon Strother as the next great star at Tailback U., then Larry Smith will bench him. 6. Jerry Gray will leave the Rams via Plan B and become an all-pro safety.
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November 22, 2003 | Ross Newhan
While still focused on the acquisition of Richie Sexson or Derrek Lee to play first base in 2004, the Dodgers are weighing the possibility of signing Korean free agent Seung-Yeop Lee as insurance at the position, a club official said after Lee and his wife, along with agent John Kim, met with General Manager Dan Evans and other club officials Friday at Dodger Stadium.
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October 27, 1985
Sadaharu Oh, the legendary Japanese slugger, holds the Japanese League record for home runs in a season at 55. He set it in 1964 while playing for the Yomiuri Giants. Randy Bass, former major league player who now plays for the Hanshin Tigers, had 54 home runs going into the final regular-season game Thursday night against the same Yomiuri Giants. According to the New York Times, Bass was never thrown a strike in five times at bat. He was walked four times on four pitches.
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