Sadaharu Oh (Born 1940)
World's all-time home run king
Sadaharu Oh, also known as Wang Chen-chih, was born in Tokyo, Japan. Holder of the world’s all-time home run record, Oh is known for his flamingo-like batting stance who has devoted his whole life in promoting the sport of baseball. Born to a Chinese father and a Japanese mother, Oh still holds R.O.C. passport despite spending most of his life in Japan.
Oh joined the Yomiuri Giants in Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in 1959 and spent 22 seasons, 2831 games in the same team before his retirement in 1980. He left with a record of 868 homeruns. Oh and another explosive Giants’ batter Shigeo Nagashima had formed the feared "O-N Cannon" during his professional career.
Following retirement, Oh had served as manager of the Giants, manager of Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, later the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks. He was inducted to the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame in 1994 and now serves as an honorary advisor to the Hawks and the club leader of the Meikyikai, or the Japanese Golden Players Club.
On Feb. 5, 2009, President Ma Ying-jeou conferred the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon to Oh in recognition of his contributions to the sport of baseball and to promoting friendship between Taiwanese and Japanese people.