KBO’s Sadowski found a place in Cooperstown
With the Korea Baseball Organization the only source these days for baseball fans seeking live televised game action, it has moved to the forefront in terms of baseball consciousness. And Sadowski understands the trepidations and used a unique analogy for those only familiar with Major League Baseball.
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“The way I hope the world sees it is like Americans see burger chains,” said Sadowski in a recent telephone interview from his home in Los Angeles. “Living in California now, people talk about In-N-Out Burger, and people in the Midwest will talk about White Castle. Big league baseball kinda has the McDonald’s model and the KBO kinda has the In-N-Out model, and the NPB (Nippon Professional Baseball) kinda has the White Castle model, and the CPBL (Chinese Professional Baseball League) kinda has the Whataburger model.
“It’s not necessarily that it’s the biggest model, but it’s the model that you like. If you find that you like In-N-Out then you’ll continue to watch In-N-Out. So I hope that they give it a chance. It’s a different style. It’s not going to appeal to every person, but if they give it a chance there are going to be people who like it. You don’t go to In-N-Out or White Castle expecting to get a Big Mac.”
Today, thanks to Sadowski’s generosity, that scouting report and a Lotte Giants cap he wore in 2012 are now part of the permanent collection of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.
“Hensley and I had a relationship dating back prior to me going over to Korea,” Sadowksi said. “Hensley informed some people that I provided him with the scouting report which gave the team a bit of a competitive advantage going into the game. That made pretty big news because Korean baseball is one of the top international baseball teams in the world.
“To have something in Hall of Fame is a real honor. Baseball has been a part of my life since I was a little kid. Being able to continue to work in the game is really cool, but to have something that is in a museum is timeless.”
Bill Francis is the senior research and writing specialist at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum