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Tomi Oh, the mother of baseball legend and Softbank Hawks Chairman Sadaharu Oh, died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital Monday, the professional baseball club said Tuesday. She was 108.

Tomi Oh was born in the city of Toyama in September 1901 and gave birth to Sadaharu Oh in Tokyo in 1940 after getting married to her late husband, Shifuku.

“She lived for 108 years. It was her time to go. I’m sure she had various ups and downs in a long, long life. As her son, I’m proud she lived strongly,” Sadaharu Oh said. “For now, I hope she’ll enjoy being with my father in heaven.”

Sadaharu Oh holds organized baseball’s all-time career record with 868 home runs.

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