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


Okoye purchased a BMW i8. He already has his license, but the Eagles generally do not allow players out of high school to drive until their third year.

Source: Sponichi 1/4/2018, Nikkan Sports 1/4/2018

Okoye purchased a BMW i8 last year and recently purchased a Maserati Levante.

Source: Nikkan Sports 11/30/2018



August 31 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 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



January 25 – 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


January 21 – Okoye apparently dropped eight to ten kilograms from the end of last season and now weighs between 91 and 93 kilograms.

Source: Sponichi 1/20/2019, Nikkan Sports 1/20/2019

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