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    Dates to the Season He Topped Aaron's Home Run Record!

    1977 Sadaharu Oh Game Worn Yomiuri Giants Jersey with Cap, Game Used Bat. Born six years after the famed 1934 Baseball Tour of Japan turned Ruth and Gehrig into international celebrities and planted a seed that established Tokyo as a baseball world capital, left-handed slugger Sadaharu Oh is widely recognized today as the sport's reigning Home Run King, responsible for a staggering 868 long balls in his twenty-two seasons with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball, Japan's top professional league. Despite his enormous fame, particularly in the nation of his birth, painfully few game used artifacts from his Japanese Hall of Fame career have ever surfaced in the collecting hobby, so Heritage is pleased to present this important ensemble from Oh's ninth and final Central League MVP season, and the one in which he clubbed his 756th home run to claim the throne from Hammerin' Hank Aaron.

    The collection was passed down to our consignor by his father, an Orange County, California Chevrolet dealer who supplied vehicles to the likes of Nolan Ryan, Andy Messerschmidt, Jay "Klepto" Johnstone and others. One of the man's closest buddies was California Angels ace Clyde Wright, who became the franchise's second twenty-game winner in 1970, posting the first no-hitter in Anaheim Stadium history. After ending an eight-season tour of duty with the Angels, Wright bounced to Milwaukee and Texas before crossing the Pacific to conclude his professional career with three seasons (1976-78) pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in Japan.

    It was on one of Wright's visits home that he stopped into the Chevy dealership with the treasures presented here, acquired directly from his legendary Japanese teammate. The contents:

    1) Home white knit jersey with distinctively fonted "Giants" applied to the chest in black and orange tackle twill and "Oh 1" similarly affixed to verso. "Yomiuri" lettering appears at left sleeve in 1.5" tall two-tone lettering. Proper Tokyo sporting goods company "Tamazawa" label is sewn into interior collar, and set tag announcing "77A 1" appears at lower button path. Wear is solid, with minor staining on verso that does not distract.

    2) Yomiuri Giants cap features "YG" logo in orange over the visor and Japanese "Tamazawa" label at interior crown. It is unclear whether this cap belonged to Oh, and a number "11" in marker at interior suggests it may not have been. It is clearly correct for the period however, and compliments the display nicely.

    3) Jun Ishui "Super Grade Hot & Distance" bat, exhibiting light to moderate use. Multiple ball marks on barrel, bat rack streaks and number "1" in bold marker on the knob. Barrel end is cupped for increased bat speed, which Oh credited for his power. Length 34.5". Weight 32 ounces.

    4) Clyde Wright single signed baseball given to our consignor's father at the time of these "Jewels of the Orient," inscribed "Made in Japan, To Bob, Best Wishes, Clyde Wright (signed in Japanese)."

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