Sadaharu Oh -- a batter with Tokyo's Yomiuri Giants -- became the second highest home run hitter in the history of first class baseball recently.
SV & MVs Crowd waving flags and clapping at baseball match in Tokyo, Japan (4 shots)
SV Japanese Yomiuri Giants batter Sahaharu Oh warming up on batting plate
SV & GVs Oh hitting ball and running around bases as crowd cheers(6 shots)
GVs Oh completes home run to break Babe Babe Ruth's record of and gets bouquet of flowers and congratulations from other players (2 shots)
CU & MVs Spectators applauding (4 shots)
SV Oh posing for newsmen
GV Crowd throwing streamers onto field
GV PAN crowd and stadium
SV David Johnson of Yomiuri Giants in field
CU Oh taking guard at plate
GVs Oh hits home run out of field (2 shots)
SV Oh completing home run to congratulations of team mates
REPORTER: "Forget Johnny Bench, forget Pete Rose...Catfish who? To these baseball fans, the king of the game is not a Cincinatti Red nor a New York Yankee. The King of the game is Oh. Sadaharu Oh -- the man who has hit more home runs than any baseball players in history -- except Henry Aaron. The other day, while the Yankees and the Reds were getting ready for the World Series -- North American version -- Sadaharu Oh was hitting the 715th home run of his career. Oh became the all-time left-handed home run champion -- one ahead of Babe Ruth. Thirty-six-years-old and in his 19th big-league Japanese season, Oh is expected to pass Aaron's total of 755 some time in the next two seasons. For 15 years, Oh has hit more than 30 home runs a year for the Yomiuri Giants -- based in Tokyo and owned by a newspaper. Oh, who was born in Taiwan, is an institution in Japan. Between salary and endorsements, he earns more than a quarter of a million dollars a year.
One of his Yomiuri team-mates is Davy Johnson, who used to be Henry Aaron's team-mate in Atlanta. Johnson, like other Americans who have played in Japan, says Oh's power compares favourably with any American's. Oh should hit his 800th run before he ends his career. Even the manager of the New York Yankees -- who insists the Cincinatti Reds are not awesome -- might be awed by that. Dick Schaap, NBC News."
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Background: Sadaharu Oh -- a batter with Tokyo's Yomiuri Giants -- became the second highest home run hitter in the history of first class baseball recently. He broke the record of the legendary Babe Ruth of the United States, who hit 714 runs in his career. An American reporter was in Tokyo recently. He filed this report on Sadaharu Oh.