He had all the physical skills to become one of the greatest baseball players in history. But it was not his physical skills that separated him from the pack. It was his eyes that did. 20/20 is considered perfect vision but for Harry Honds he was gifted with the vision of a hawk. What was his vision? An amazing 20/08. To put this in perspective, if you can read a sign from 100 feet, Harry would be able to read it from 220 feet. So when this type of vision is applied to the sport of baseball it can be very advantageous because as a batter you can pick up the ball out of a pitcher's hand much quicker than a batter with lesser vision. Once Harry was asked about his super vision and how he saw the ball when he was batting. He claimed that when the ball came out of the pitcher's hand it did not appear like a 95 miles per hour fastball, it seemed like it was going 45 miles an hour. Later on when he was asked about this again he denied it, as apparently he did not want to acknowledge his secrets, wanting to keep his mythical status.
During his Little League years his batting average was near .900 which was unheard of. To put this in perspective, in the major leagues the batting title could be won with a .330 average. The hype was enormous as Harry was playing with players that were five years older than him. At the age of 14 he was not allowed to go play in college so he decided to play professionally in Japan. The playing was not the hard part for Harry as he continued to dominate in the professional league with a .500 batting average. It was the culture shock that Harry could not handle, along with the language barrier. Harry was also homesick to a degree that he considered going back home to play in the United States. His agent told him that if he wanted to play in the major leagues he was going to have to suck it up in Japan and develop his abilities until he turned 18 where he could head back to America to sign as a free agent. Only three more years of living in Japan, Harry had thought.
Harry started to see a sports psychologist during his years in Japan who helped him considerably with the complexities of his situation. He continued to develop as a baseball player and back in America the media continued to build the hype about Harry. Soon he started to take language lessons in Japanese and in a matter of months he was able to make great inroads into the language. A year later he was fluent. When he turned 17 he met a Japanese girl and they began to date. As the months passed Harry and his girlfriend fell in love. Meanwhile back in America the frenzy reached a feverish pitch as it was less than three months until Harry turned 18. The major league teams flocked to Japan to talk to Harry and his agent, trying to swoon him into a contract.
Then on his 18th birthday the rumors started to flow as to which major league team was going to sign Harry. The days passed and Harry had not come to a decision. The offers that were floating around for Harry were deals for twenty years for a billion dollars with a 100 million dollar signing bonus. The weeks then passed and soon the negotiations reached the point of non stop media coverage.
Teams, fans, players and the major leagues waited for Harry to sign.
But he never did as he remained in Japan where he married, had a family and played his entire career.