Sadaharu Oh wore uniform #1, played first base and batted left-handed… His lifetime batting average was .301… Oh’s father was Chinese, his mother Japanese. Despite growing up in Japan, Oh is legally Chinese and carries a passport from Taiwan… Oh passed Aaron’s record by hitting his 756th homer on 3 September 1977… Oh was diagnosed with cancer in 2006; his entire stomach was removed, but he continued to manage the Fukuoka Hawks. Oh’s wife Kyoko died of stomach cancer in 2001… San Francisco Giants star Barry Bonds later passed Aaron for the American record; Bonds finished his career in 2007 with 762 career home runs, still more than 100 short of Oh.
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