Su Zheng-sheng (1912～2008)
Center Fielder Forever
Born in Dongshan, Taitung, Su Zheng-sheng was the first-generation Kano baseball player. He was discovered by the coach Kondō Hyōtarō and created the Kano baseball legend. In 1931, the Kano baseball team participated in the Japanese High School Baseball Championship at Koshien Stadium. Su, with his stunning speed and powerful arms, created his own historical records at this Stadium. The nineteen-year-old Su was the center fielder and he caught a highflyer and passed the ball all the way to the home base and forced out the runner. He also made a three base hit off the wall, leaving his name on the wall of the Koshien Stadium.
Hong Tai-shan (1924～2019)
A Hard-boiled Baseball Player
Born in Meinong, Kaohsiung, Sung Huan-xun was the first chief coach who won five championships from the Junior League to the CPBL. He has remarkable speed and, along with devoted self-training, he became a famous hitter and first baseman. He was elected to the national baseball team several times. After retirement, he served as coach for the Taiwan Power Company Baseball Team and won the team its first championship. With the founding of the Meiho Junior Baseball Team, Sung and Tseng Chi-en had glorified the name of the team and cultivated many excellent sportsmen. In the first year of the CPBL, he led the Wei-chuan Dragons to win the championship. He was the first champion-coach of the CPBL.
Sung Huan-xun (1930-2008)
The Unbeatable Commander of Baseball
Born in 1919, Xiao Chang-Gun travelled to Japan and participated in the Intercity Baseball Tournament as representative of Taiwan during the Japanese rule period. Being the icon baseball coach of post-war Taiwan, Xiao led Li De Baseball Team and RSEA Baseball Team in 1970s and later led the Li De Junior Baseball Team to win the world championship title in 1974, a game that also set and equaled several world records in Little League Baseball. In early days of the Chinese Professional Baseball League (CPBL), Xiao was invited to serve as advisor to the Uni-Lions Team. A passionate lover of baseball, Xiao also lived his life immersed in all things baseball, reading great amount of baseball books in foreign languages, making voluminous notes, and established his personal method of training. His cunning management won him the nickname “The Unbeatable Commander.”
Gao Quan-rong (1934～2017)
Throughout his life, Gao Quan-rong loved baseball and devoted himself to study the sport no matter what role he was playing. With his excellent performance among the peers, Gao showed a particular leadership and had always been calm and decisive on the field. His performance as umpire has won him international reverence. He spared no efforts in studying baseball rules and codes and has keen observation on the field. His rapid and determined judgement, along with clear citation of rules and codes, has won him highest acclaims from Japanese and Korean umpires. He was the first Taiwanese umpire with international certification.
Cheng Kuen-chi (1942～2002)
A Genius of Baseball
One of the rare genius in the baseball sports of Taiwan, Cheng Kuen-chi had been selected into the team for Asian and World Championships. He was a famous catcher and hitter. After retirement, he served as chief coach for the Taipower Baseball Team, international umpire for the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association, and chief coach for the Uni-President Lions. He had played all the roles on the baseball field and devoted his life to the sport. As the founding chief coach for the Uni-President Lions, he had led the team for four years and left behind the record of 178 wins, 162 losses, and 20 ties. He also won the best coach awards in the second year of CPBL.
Lin Min-zheng (1942～)
The Engine of Great Ideas for Baseball
An active boy since childhood, Lin Min-zheng didn’t initiate his gift and potentiality for sport until his second year in senior high school. Besides personal participation in the game, Lin also has distinctive ideas for training. He got inspiration from the training routines of the Yomiuri Giants and introduced the concepts of physical exercises into baseball team training. A pioneer of new phase of Taiwanese baseball sport, Lin devoted to the training of the Baseball Team of University of Taipei; Li Lai-fa, Kao Yin-chieh, and Chien-Ming Wang in recent years has all been his students. He contributed to the baseball sport in Taiwan for more than fifty years, cultivating many important players for the sport.
Tang Pan-pan (1942～)
The Driving Force of the Silver Medal in Olympic Games
Up to now, Tang Pan-pan is the only one who served as both the President of the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association and the Commissioner of the Chinese Professional Baseball League. In his term as the President of the Chinese Taipei Baseball Association, Tang utilized his acumen and appointed Li Lai-fa as the chief coach of the baseball team for the Olympic Games, winning a silver medal and creating the best records for the team. Tang also promoted the professional baseball games in Taiwan, assimilating experiences of the US, Japan, and Korea. With the support from the baseball and industrial sectors, the Chinese Professional Baseball League was founded in 1989, with Tang serving as the first commissioner and initiating the professional games phase of baseball sport in Taiwan.
Chen Xiu-xiong (1943～1998)
The Famous Pitcher against the Japanese Team
Chen Xiu-xiong served as coach for Huaxing Baseball Team and Taiwan Cooperative Bank Baseball Team; he was also the coach for the Mercuries Tigers in the first year of CPBL. His most remarkable achievement came from his terms as national player. 170 cm in height, Chen was a low sidearm pitcher, with precise control of the ball and powerful momentum. In 1972, when the national team participated in the world championship for the first time, the 29-year-old Chen shut out the Japanese team with 1 to 0, making him the first pitcher to defeat the Japanese team in international games. Along with his complete game with the Japanese team in the Asian Championship of the previous year, he has become the “Hero against the Japanese Team” for two times.
Kuo Yuen-chih (1956～)
Pioneer of Taiwanese NPB Players
Kuo Yuen-chih was of the Amis tribe and born in Taitung. Kuo was one of the iconic player of the Golden Dragon Little-League Baseball Team, whose first tournament in the Little League World Series in Williamsport won them the championship. In 1981, he joined the Chunichi Dragons of NPB. Kuo became the fifth player in history to record 100 wins and 100 saves in 1994. During his career in Japan, Kuo was often mentioned with Kuo Tai-yuan and Chuang Sheng-hsiung as the Three Taiwanese NPB Players. He retired from NPB in 1996, returned to Taiwan, and joined the CPBL to pass on his expertise to the younger generation.