Oh mentor Arakawa dies at 86

Dec 4, 2016

Oh mentor Arakawa dies at 86

Hiroshi Arakawa, the batting coach of baseball legend Sadaharu Oh at the Yomiuri Giants in the 1960s famous for equipping him his flamingo stance, died Sunday of cardiac arrest at a hospital in Tokyo. He was 86. Arakawa joined the Mainichi Orions in 1953 ...

Fighters manager Kuriyama receives Shoriki Award

Nov 17, 2016

Fighters manager Kuriyama receives Shoriki Award

Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters skipper Hideki Kuriyama, who led the Pacific League team to its first Japan Series title in 10 years this past season, won the Matsutaro Shoriki Award on Thursday. Kuriyama, 55, took the prize in a unanimous vote by a five-member ...

Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

Aug 2, 2016

Tokyo will host two rounds of 2017 WBC

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Samurai Japan’s quest to reclaim the World Baseball Classic title will begin in the nation’s capital. Tokyo was announced as a host for both rounds of the Asian region of the 2017 World Baseball Classic during a news conference at the NPB Commissioner’s office ...

Rehabbing Yanagita bashes two mammoth homers

Mar 4, 2016

Rehabbing Yanagita bashes two mammoth homers

Yuki Yanagita, who is recovering from offseason elbow surgery, hit two monster home runs for the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks in Friday’s preseason 3-3 tie against the Hanshin Tigers. “I was able to make some good swings. I guess it was good because I got ...

Japan's home run king Sadaharu Oh gets his own asteroid

Feb 27, 2016

Japan's home run king Sadaharu Oh gets his own asteroid

An asteroid in an orbit between Mars and Jupiter has been named after Sadaharu Oh, the all-time home run king in professional Japanese baseball. The Paris-based International Astronomical Union approved the application Friday for naming the asteroid “Ohsadaharu.” One of those who helped file ...

Jan 15, 2016

Japan honors Hank Aaron with Order of the Rising Sun

Japan has honored former home-run king Hank Aaron with one of its highest awards on Thursday, saying he is a symbol of its close relationship with the United States and their shared love of baseball. The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with ...

Oh's career about more than records

Sep 1, 2015

Oh's career about more than records

With his prolific home run output rewriting the record books, Sadaharu Oh inspired a nation enjoying rapid economic expansion and subsequent stable growth in the 1960s and 1970s. The national commotion in Japan over his home runs peaked on Sept. 3, 1977, when Oh ...