Bonds Has 1 More Person To Catch
Sure, Bonds hit another home run Wednesday night to give him 757 for the year…he is still 111 home runs behind the TRUE home run champ, Sadaharu Oh. Oh is the world wide leader of home runs with 868 career homers. Thats more home runs than anyone has ever hit, anywhere on the planet (at least on record). He played in the Japanese leagues for 22 years (1959-1980) with the Yomiuri Giants and finished with a .301 batting average for his career, proving he was not just a slugger, but an amazing, overall hitter.
The truly admirable thing about Oh is that he did not need steroids or supplements or a multitude of trainers and therapists to jack those long balls. Oh used samurai physical training techniques, aikido for body balance and trained using sword slices to perfect his swing. If only Bonds worked harder, instead of finding every technological edge (ie: cheating) possible, maybe he could’ve achieved the feats that Sadaharu Oh did naturally. I guess he’ll just have to be happy with still being second best to somebody.
Source: Time Magazine
Like this post? Subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more!