Louis Okoye: Did You Know

Okoye was a member of the Giants Junior team when he was in elementary school (sixth year). He still fondly remembers the time when he was at Giants Stadium in December 2009 for a practice session and had an unexpected encounter with Tetsuya Utsumi, Tetsuya Yamaguchi, and Shun Tono.

Source: Nikkan Sports 6/14/2016, Nikkan Sports 6/16/2016

Okoye recorded his first home run when he was in elementary school. It was after getting seven-and-a-half hours of sleep. Since then, he has made it a point to get seven-and-a-half hours of sleep every day. Not seven, not eight, but seven-and-a-half hours.

Source: Daily Sports 6/19/2016

Okoye will be in Nigeria with his family for about a week, beginning on December 28. He plans to hold a baseball clinic for four local youth baseball teams during his stay. He also has plans to visit various officials to talk about baseball.

Okoye’s father is from Nigeria. This will be his first visit to Nigeria.

Source: Sports Hochi 12/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 12/26/2016, Sponichi 12/26/2016


Milestones

August 31, 2017 vs Seibu at Kobo Park Miyagi – Okoye blasted the first lead-off home run of his career. The blast came off the first pitch Yusei Kikuchi threw. At twenty years and one month he is the seventh younger player in Pacific League history to hit a lead-off home run. He broke Takero Okajima’s Rakuten Eagles’ franchise record of twenty-three years and eleven months, set on August 31, 2013.

Source: Nikkan Sports 8/31/2017, Nikkan Sports 9/1/2017

September 19, 2017 vs Nippon Ham at Kobo Park Miyagi – Okoye tied a Rakuten Eagles’ franchise record by hitting three doubles (first, fourth, and sixth innings). The NPB record is four.

Okoye is the seventh player in franchise history to hit three doubles in one game. At twenty years of age, he is the youngest player to accomplish the feat.  The previous record of twenty-three was set by Teppei on June 2, 2006.

Source: Sponichi 9/19/2017, Sponichi 9/20/2017


Weight

  • Okoye weighs ninety-eight kilograms as of January 25. He gained about eight kilograms since he joined the Eagles and roughly three kilograms since December last year. He also grew two centimeters and now stands at 185 centimeters. Source: Nikkan Sports 1/25/2017, Sponichi 1/25/2017

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