2014 第一屆入堂名人

2014第一屆入堂名人

謝國城(棒球之父 1912~1980)

  棒球運動在台灣發展已超過百年,各個階段都有令我們感動的時刻,台灣光復後棒球之所以能持續發展,謝國城先生扮演最重要的角色,也是他「棒球之父」的由來。

  出生於台南學甲,謝國城先生畢業於日本早稻田大學政經系,畢生奉獻給台灣棒球運動,出任台灣省棒球協會總幹事時,各方面條件均極度貧乏,若無謝國城先生奔走各界爭取資源,恐怕許多好手根本沒有為國爭光的機會。

  1969年金龍少棒勇奪威廉波特冠軍,就是謝國城先生募足經費才得以出征,後來也持續率領國家代表隊參賽,不僅開啟我國世界三冠王之路,同時也為後來成棒揚威世界打下基礎。

 

Hsieh Kuo-cheng (1912-1980)

Father of Taiwan Baseball 

Baseball has been introduced to Taiwan for over a century. There are touching and memorable moments in every stage of the sport’s development in the country. However, Hsieh Kuo-cheng (謝國城), who was dubbed as Father of Taiwan Baseball, is definitely the one person that had played a pivotal role in baseball development in Taiwan. 

It is because of him that baseball could continue to thrive in the country.  

Born at Syuejia Township, Tainan, Hsieh graduated from School of Political Science & Economics at Waseda University in Japan.

Hsieh devoted a lot of time and money to helping Taiwan during the early stage of its baseball development.

His efforts culminated in the dominance of Taiwanese little leaguers at Williamsport for more than a decade, ultimately paving way for Taiwanese national teams’ unmatched “Triple Crown” achievement in winning championship titles at all three levels of youth baseball. 

嚴孝章(成棒之父 1921~1986)

  嚴孝章先生專長土木工程,曾任行政院退輔會工程組長,參與許多重大工程,後來出任榮工處長,主管當時國內最大的工程單位,照顧全處數萬員工至極,也相當投入棒球運動,獲推行體育有功獎章。

  榮工處長任內,嚴孝章先生陸續成立榮工各級棒球隊,1981年接任全國棒協理事長,為提升我國棒球競技水準,推行許多成棒制度的建立,不斷地於國際間奔波,讓中斷許久的亞錦賽恢復舉行。

  中華成棒於1986年荷蘭世界盃取得亞軍,隔年榮工成為台灣棒球史上首次「四冠王」,雖然來不及親眼見證這些榮耀,但這位「成棒之父」對我國棒壇卓越的貢獻早已無庸置疑。

 

Yen Hsiao-chang (1921-1986)

Father of Taiwan's amateur baseball 

Originally an expert in civil engineering, Yen had served as head for Veterans Affairs Council’s engineer department and took parts in major construction projects in Taiwan for years. 

He later served as head for Ret-Ser Engineering Agency, the biggest government-owned company responsible for construction projects of the country. 

Yen was also known for his dedication to baseball and had won several awards for his contribution to promote the sport in Taiwan.

For his love of baseball, he formed a baseball team during his tenure as head for Ret-Ser Engineering Agency. He later served as Chinese Taipei Baseball Association head in 1981.   

After assuming office as head of the association, Yen made use of every possible means and connection available to him, ultimately making it possible for Taiwan’s national squad to return to the world stage.

Yen died of heart failure in Vienna, Austria, on August, 1986, only days before Taiwan national baseball team won the second place in the 1986 Amateur Baseball World Championships in the Netherlands.

His dedications to baseball made him the father of Taiwan’s amateur baseball.

曾紀恩(鐵血教官 1922~2012)

  全數生命奉獻給棒球,這是永遠的「教官」-曾紀恩教練;原為空軍飛機維修員,因有棒球專長代表空軍出賽,守備位置為投手,後轉任空軍虎風棒球隊教練,因治軍嚴格而有「鐵血教頭」之稱。

  多次帶領中華代表隊參賽戰績優異,在洪騰勝先生邀請之下,成為兄弟棒球隊史上首任總教練,屢屢拿下全國業餘賽事冠軍,直到進軍職棒,退休後轉任為兄弟象隊副領隊。

  曾紀恩先生曾獲二等景星勳章,是他一生在棒球運動成就的表彰,2012年2月18日,總統馬英九出席曾紀恩先生告別式並頒發褒揚令,而曾紀恩先生的67號球衣均將永久退休,以表球界最高的敬意。

 

Tseng Chi-en (1922-2012)

Legendary baseball coach 

A legendary baseball coach, Tseng is known for his strict management style and his life-long dedication to the sport. 

Originally an Air Force aircraft maintenance inspector, Tseng had played for R.O.C. Air Force’s baseball team as a pitcher. He later served as the manager for the team.

Tseng had led many national Taiwanese teams to compete in global events.

Under the invitation of Hung Teng-sheng (洪騰勝), he became the first manager for Team Brother Elephant, leading the squad to win titles after titles in amateur level games nationwide. 

He continued to serve as manager for the team in professional level at the Chinese Professional Baseball League until his retirement. He later served as vice manager of the team following retirement.

For his life-long contribution to baseball, Tseng was awarded the Order of Brilliant Star with Grand Cordon.   

President Ma Ying-jeou presented a posthumous presidential award to the legendary coach at the latter’s funeral on Feb. 18, 2012, a move to recognize the highly respected coach's years of contribution to the development of baseball in Taiwan.

Brother Elephant also retired Tseng’s No. 67 uniform number to express the highest respect to his contribution to the team and to Taiwanese baseball.

洪騰勝(職棒之父 1938~)

  1980年代,整體環境與物質條件均不佳的情況下,時任兄弟飯店負責人的洪騰勝先生,由於熱愛棒球,籌組兄弟飯店棒球隊(乙組),以準職業的待遇及福利招攬隊員,戰績同樣相當出色。

  「三年建球場,五年組職棒」,是洪騰勝先生當時的理念,打造國內首座企業專屬棒球訓練基地-桃園龍潭「兄弟棒球村」,且成功力邀味全、統一與三商等知名企業成立「中華職棒聯盟」。

  中華職棒開打後,洪騰勝先生親任秘書長,以實際行動再次展現他無與倫比的決心,投入更多的物資與心力,讓職棒始終是國人最愛的職業運動賽事,各界尊稱為「職棒之父」當之無愧。

 

Hung Teng-sheng  (1938~)

Father of Professional Baseball in Taiwan

A hardcore lover for baseball, Hung founded the Brother Hotel amateur baseball team in 1980s out of his passion for the sport. 

Despite financial challenges, Hung offered professional-level salaries to players of his amateur team, ultimately making the Elephants one of the most famous baseball powerhouses in the country.

To provide a better environment for his team, Hung built a first training field in Longtan Township, Taoyuan County for the Elephant. Under his efforts, Hung managed to persuade three other business entities to create teams, leading to the formation of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL) in 1989.The inaugural CPBL season officially kicked off in 1990. Hung also acted as CPBL's secretary-general from 1987 to 1991,

His contribution to professional baseball development in the country earned him the name as the father of professional baseball in Taiwan.