On August 30, 1978, Sadaharu Oh of the Tokyo Giants hits the 800th home run of his career. Oh, the world’s all-time home run king, had previously broken Hank Aaron’s record of 755 home runs.
December 20, 1978
Boston Red Sox come to terms with Japanese pitching star Daisuke Matsuzaka on a six-year, $52 million contract
December 13, 2006
Masanori Murakami of the San Francisco becomes the first Japanese-born player to appear in a major league game
September 1, 1964