November 29, 1971 Sports Illustrated
Comments from Sadaharu Oh.
Japan's famous slugger, Sadaharu Oh, has revised his thinking about major league baseball
in the U.S. after seeing the Baltimore Orioles in action during the American League Champion's
recent visit to the orient. "When the Dodgers came here in 1966 and the Cardinals in 1968, I
felt I could play with the Americans," Oh Said through an interpreter. "But after facing the
Orioles, I think it would be difficult. They are very, very strong." He was equally candid
about Japanese baseball in general. "It will be a long time before we reach the level of the
Americans," he said. "Maybe never. Physically, they are stronger than we are. We are trying
to close the gap, but it is very wide yet."