SADAHARU OH - AUTOGRAPHED SIGNED BASEBALL 1992 CO-SIGNED BY: GEORGE FOSTER, DOCK ELLIS, AL "MR. SCOOP" OLIVER, BILL MADLOCK JR., ERNIE "MR. CUB" BANKS, LUIS APARICIO, JIM "MUDCAT" GRANT, TERRY WHITFIELD - HFSID 293065
SADAHARU OH, ERNIE BANKS, LUIS APARICIO, GEORGE FOSTER and OTHERS Baseball signed at the World Children's Baseball Fair in Japan by Oh ("the Japanese Babe Ruth", who has signed Western script) and 15 US Major League stars Baseball signed:
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SADAHARU OH, ERNIE BANKS, LUIS APARICIO, GEORGE FOSTER and OTHERS Baseball signed at the World Children's Baseball Fair in Japan by Oh ("the Japanese Babe Ruth", who has signed Western script) and 15 US Major League stars Baseball signed: "Sadaharu Oh", "Ernie Banks", "Luis Aparicio", "Terry Whitfield", "Al Oliver", "Dock Ellis", "Bill Madlock", "George Foster", "Mudcat Grant" and 7 others. Mizuno Corporation "Victory" Baseball. Ink note (unknown hand): "WCBF '92/Mito, Japan". The World Baseball Children's Fair was established in 1989 by the Japanese and US home run kings: Sadaharu Oh and Hank Aaron. Its purpose was to promote cultural understanding through celebration of the sport of baseball. Sponsors have included great stars of the game, and prominent baseball widows including Mrs. Jackie Robinson and Mrs. Roberto Clemente. Host cities have alternated between Japan and North America since 1990. The 3rd annual fair, held in Mito, Japan in 1992, included 250 boys and girls from 22 nations. SADAHARU OH (b. 1944), the 9-time MVP of Japanese baseball, hit 868 career home runs, employing his unique "flamingo" batting stance. He won two triple crowns, and 11 Japan series championships with the Yomiuri Giants. It's no wonder he has been called "the Japanese Babe Ruth." Though famed for his success on Japanese diamonds, Oh is a citizen of the Republic of China (Taiwan). ERNIE BANKS (b. 1931) will always be "Mr. Cub," the most popular player the Cubs ever had. He played for the Cubs his entire career (1953-1971), retiring with 512 lifetime home runs. The first black player on the Cubs, Banks came up as a shortstop, where he won consecutive MVP awards, but actually played more games at first base. He led the League in home runs in 1958 and 1960 and in RBIs 1958-59. Banks was All-Star eleven times, was MVP in 1958-59 and won a Gold Glove in 1960. He was the first Cub to have his number retired (1971), and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977. The 1956 American League Rookie of the Year, LUIS APARICIO, born in Venezuela in 1934, played shortstop for the Chicago White Sox (1956-1962, 1968-1970), Baltimore Orioles (1963-1967) and Boston Red Sox (1971-1973). His 506 stolen bases ranked him seventh all-time when he retired, and he holds the lifetime shortstop records for games, double plays, and assists and the AL records for putouts and total chances. He led AL shortstops eight consecutive years in fielding, seven times in assists, four times in putouts, and twice each in total chances per game and double plays. Aparicio was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984. Outfielder/first baseman AL OLIVER (b. 1946) played for 7 ML teams, but is best remembered for his decade with the Pirates (1968-1977) He batted over .300 nine straight times, and is among the Pirates' all-time leaders in doubles, home runs and extra-base hits. He won the NL batting crown with the Montreal Expos in 1982. Oliver was the first player to amass 200 hits and 100 RBI in a season in both the AL and the NL. DOCK ELLIS (1945-2008) pitched in 12 Major League seasons, 9 of them with the Pittsburgh Pirates. His best season was 1971, when he won 19 games for the World Champion Pirates and started the All-Star Game. However, Ellis is even better known as one of baseball's great eccentrics. He pitched a no-hitter against the Padres in 1970 while high on LSD. In 1974, he tried to hit every Cincinnati Reds batter he faced, hitting the first three, missing the fourth 4 times for a walk, and throwing twice at the head of Johnny Bench before being pulled from the game by his manager. During 15 Major League seasons (1973-1987), BILL MADLOCK (b. 1951), primarily a third baseman, led the National League in hitting four times (1975-1976, 1981, 1983). He starred for the Pirates during their World Series victory of 1979. A three-time All-Star, he was the only right handed hitter to lead the NL in hitting between 1971 and 1989. GEORGE FOSTER (b. 1948), a 6'1", 180-lb outfielder became an important cog in Cincinnati's Big Red Machine of the 1970s. He made a name for himself as a powerful, productive hitter who had five of the best seasons of any player of his time. Foster's three consecutive RBI championships (1976-1978) tied a Major League record. In 1977, his MVP year, he hit .320 with 149 RBI and 124 runs and blasted 52 HR to become only the seventh NL player to hit 50 or more in a season. He hit three straight homers in a July 14th game that season, and his 31 road homers set the Major League record for right-handed batters. In 1978, Foster again led the NL with 40 HR. In 14 Major League seasons (1958-1971), two-time All-Star JIM "MUDCAT" GRANT (b. 1935) won 145 games. Traded from Cleveland to Minnesota in 1964, Grant responded with his best season the following year (21-7) and was named Sporting News Pitcher of the Year while leading the Twins to their first American League pennant. He started 3 games in the World Series, getting two of Minnesota's 3 wins against the LA Dodgers. Outfielder TERRY WHITFIELD (b. 1953) played for three US Major League teams, the Yankees, Giants and Dodgers, between 1974 and 1986, and spent three years with Japan's Seibu Giants (1981-1983). Whitfield, who finished with a .281 lifetime batting average, runs his own youth baseball camp in the US and invented a soft-pitch machine, the "Terry-Toss," installed for fans at several professional stadiums. Slightly worn. Otherwise, fine condition.
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