Monday, March 2, 2009

Career Home Run Leaders #9 - Katsuo Ohsugi

Number 9 on the All Time Home Run list is Katsuo Ohsugi (or Osugi) with 486. Ohsugi started playing in 1965 with the Toei Flyers. He remained with the team as it changed hands and names to first the Nittaku Home Flyers and then the Nippon Ham Fighters. He moved to the Yakult Swallows for the 1975 season and played for them until he retired following the 1983 season. Sadly, he passed away at age 47 of liver cancer in 1992.

I think I have fewer cards of Ohsugi than of anyone else on this list. The following TCMA card (#19) is the only card I have of him that was produced during his career:

2000 BBM 20th Century Best 9 #402:

2002 BBM All Time Heroes #057:

(The card at the top of this post is 2002 BBM 2nd Version #831)

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