Japan's star baseball batsman, Sadaharu Oh, saved the Yomiuri Giants from defeat by the New York Mets in Tokyo on Saturday (26 October), in the first of the American team's 18-game goodwill tour of Japan.
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Background: Japan's star baseball batsman, Sadaharu Oh, saved the Yomiuri Giants from defeat by the New York Mets in Tokyo on Saturday (26 October), in the first of the American team's 18-game goodwill tour of Japan.
The game was watched by 50,000 Yomiuri fans at Tokyo's Korakuen Stadium. The Americans took an early three-run lead and by the sixth innings were in front by seven runs to three.
But then the Japanese rapidly caught up with two doubles and a single run.
Taiwan-born Oh clinched the match for the Giants with a three-run homer hit into the crowd. The final score was 10 runs to 7.
Sadaharu Oh - probably Japan's most popular sportsman - has one of the highest home-run totals ever scored. He is out-matched today only by Hank Aaron of the Atlanta Braves and the two are due to meet for a contest in November.