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.
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.
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.
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.