Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sadaharu Oh's Mirror

One of the more interesting cards from the 1974 Calbee set is this one (#405) which shows Sadaharu Oh practicing his swing before a game in front of a mirror.

According to the back of the card, when Oh switched to using his famous one legged batting stance on July 1, 1962, Shigeo Nagashima expressed doubt as to whether he could hit using it.  But it notes that Oh persevered and (of course) developed it well (it uses a metaphor about blooming flowers that sounds pretty hackneyed when translated into English so I'll just leave it at that).

Anyway, its one of those cool cards that shows an element of Oh's legendary attention to detail in his swing.


  1. Awesome card. I am amazed that Calbee had put these types of photos on cards. Seems very forward thinking for the era. The sumo set at the time just has all the rikshi in their kesho-mawashi...very plain and bland.

    1. Yeah, the Calbee baseball cards from the 70s have a pretty wide range of interesting photography, its part of what I like so much about them!

  2. What a fantastic card! Thanks for posting it. I need to add it to my watch list.