Two home run kings and the good work they do:
Today the World Children’s Baseball Fair is hosting a luncheon in celebration of its 20th anniversary. In attendance will be two of my all-time favorites: Hank Aaron and Sadaharu Oh.
I was fortunate enough to be working with the Tokyo Giants when Oh was on their team, and I was also the third base coach on the Dodgers when Aaron broke Ruth’s record. I would just like to present a couple of facts about these sluggers: Oh hit 868 home runs in his career in Japan, and of course Hank Aaron hit 755 home runs in the Major Leagues.
Aaron and Oh came together to found the WCBF 20 years ago in an effort to bring the world closer together through baseball. I applaud their efforts, as I have done similar work in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China and 24 other countries.
The WCBF recognizes that the sport of baseball promotes teamwork, good health, discipline and friendship, which are characteristics that people around the world embrace.
Today countries on five continents participate in the WCBF, and there is no doubt that world is better place because of it.