The Japanese League baseball club Softbank Hawks announced today that the Tomi Oh, mother of Japanese baseball legend and team Chairman Sadaharu Oh, died Monday of pneumonia in a Tokyo hospital at the age of 108.
Sadaharu Oh said of his mother, who was born in the city of Toyama in September, 1901, and gave birth to him in 1940, “She lived for 108 years. It was her time to go. I’m sure she had various ups and downs in a long, long life. As her son, I’m proud she lived strongly. For now, I hope she’ll enjoy being with my father in heaven.”
Sadaharu Oh is the owner of professional baseball’s all-time career home run record with 868 long balls while a member of the Yomiuri Giants from 1959 to 1980.
In what we all hope is merely coincidence, it was recently discovered that hundreds of Japanese thought to be over the age of 100 may actually be dead, with the fact hidden by relatives in order to sustain pension payments from the Japanese government.
Though in Tomi Oh’s case, she reportedly passed away at a Tokyo hospital.