Oh: Japan set for “special” year of baseball

Oh: Japan set for “special” year of baseball
With 868 home runs over 2,831 NPB games, the legendary Home Run King Sadaharu Oh has a very experienced eye on baseball.

Sadaharu Oh has accomplished it all in baseball in his storied career and despite his advancing years, the 79-year-old is still looking forward to what is going to be a momentous year for baseball and softball in his home country in 2020.

Baseball Softball makes its return to the Olympic Games at Tokyo 2020 while Oh’s World Children's Baseball Fair foundation will host a girls-only camp at the same time as the Olympics in August.

Speaking on the sidelines of the WBSC Congress last month, Oh, who personally congratulated WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari "on a successful Premier12," said he is pleased to see how WBSC is growing the game around the world and felt pride in how the World Children's Baseball Fair foundation is playing its part.

"The chance to host the Olympics in Tokyo and the first clinic dedicated to girls playing baseball will make 2020 a very special year for baseball in Japan," Oh said. "Thanks to the World Children's Baseball Fair boys and girls come to Japan from various places all over the globe. They start to learn there are different worlds. Participating in the World Children's Baseball Fair they also have a chance to make friendships that may last for life."

The city of Chiba will host 50 girl-baseball players from 10 different countries and regions (Canada, France, Chinese Taipei, Australia, Japan, Peru, Ireland, Indonesia, USA and Korea) that will work head-to-head with 30 players from Japan.

Read more with this WBSC Q & A with Sadaharu Oh