The Great Deed：
CHHÌ PONG-HÎN ( 1909-1984)
Dr. CHHÌ PONG-HÎN, a native of Meiho Village, Neipu Township of Pingtung County, was the first surgical director at National Taiwan University Hospital after WWII. In 1951 he founded “Hsu’s Surgical Hospital,” the biggest private surgical hospital in Taiwan. Dr. Chhì was described as one with heroic spirit who gave of himself for the relief of the poor and bringing comfort to the afflicted. He was addressed respectfully as “The Great Deed.”
In 1961 Dr. Chhì first founded Meiho Junior High with his personal wealth. He later started junior high and high school baseball programs and waived tuitions and fees for all players in addition to providing room and board. Baseball legends such as Chiang Chung-Hao, Yang Ching-Lung, Chao “Smiling George” Shih-Chiang, Hsu “Baseball Musician” Sheng-Ming and Lee “Mr. Baseball” Chu-Ming are all alumni of the Meiho Program. The program went on to be the most successful in southern Taiwan and established the rivalry with Huaxing High, which represents the best baseball program in northern Taiwan. Meiho then became one of the most famous baseball programs with a winning tradition as they won more than international 20 titles in youth baseball and junior baseball.
With his surgical excellence and the success of baseball programs, Dr. Chhì was regarded as a spiritual leader among the Hakka people. He was also an important drive of educational, cultural and sports programs in Liuk-Tôi area (central Pingtung area). Dr. Chhì’s story was featured in TV series on Public Television Service as well as listed in elementary curriculum.
Tall Timber Tiger：
LIN HUA-WEI (1958-)
LIN HUA-WEI was introduced to baseball during frequent visits to his grandmother’s home across the street from Tainan Baseball Stadium. In 1970 he was selected to the “Seven Tiger Baseball Team” to represent Taiwan in Little League Baseball, thus earning the nickname of “Tall Timber Tiger”. In 1984 Lin was a member of the Bronze medal team in Los Angeles Summer Olympics, further strengthening his status as a legendary third baseman in Taiwan baseball.
Lin played three years in Japanese amateur baseball before entering the master’s degree program at Tsukuba University at the age of 27. He started his 12-year tenure as national team coach from 1990, winning Silver Medal in Barcelona Summer Olympics and Bronze Medal in Baseball World Cup 2001 as a manager. Lin was appointed President of National Taiwan University of Sports in 2013, becoming the first former baseball player to hold the position of National Universities in Taiwan.
Lin was appointed Secretary General of Baseball Federation of Asia in 2013, and later became the Vice President of Chinese Taipei Baseball Association in 2018. In 2019 Lin was presented the “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Sports Administration and hired as the General Manager of Fubon Guardians Baseball Club in 2022. “Baseball is one of the most important parts in my life. I seldom find myself indulging in anything, but I cannot explain my addiction to baseball and German Shepherds,” said Lin.
Old Flying Man：
LIN CHIA-SHIANG (1946~)
LIN CHIA-SHIANG, a native of Taipei City, was introduced to baseball due to his strong affection for sports since childhood. He was the starting infielder when played for Kainan Vocational High School. He earned the nickname of “Old Flying Man” for his vigorous and nimble skills when playing middle infield. He played for the teams of Taiwan Power, Ministry of Economics, and Army.
Lin started his coaching career in 1974 as the manager of Taipei Municipal Yongle Elementary School and won the first place in North Division. He later was at the helms of Army and Taiwan Power baseball teams. Starting in 1977 Lin also became the national team coach of Intercontinental Cup, World Cup, Asian Baseball Championship and Seoul Summer Olympics. Lin’s achievement in coaching won international recognition when he was named Best Manager in 1987 by Baseball Federation of Asia for winning the Asian Baseball Championship for the second time in team history (and first time as the sole winner). He was also named Best Coach in 1988 by International Baseball Federation for winning the bronze medal in Baseball World Cup in Italy.
In 1997 Lin was hired as the manager of Uni-President Lions. Two years later he retired from professional coaching and devoted to grassroots development, spending his time with student baseball programs at San Min Senior High School and San Sin High School of Commerce and Home Economics in Kaohsiung. Lin was known for his “Let it be and go with the flow” philoshophy during his playing and coaching career, which shaped his unique baseball life
Prince of Knuckleball：
TAN, SHIN-MIN ( 1950~)
As the son of Chiayi County Baseball Selection Committee member Tan Feng-Chun, TAN SHIN-MIN was born and raised in a baseball family and received multiple selections to the national team between 1969 and 1973. Having went 3-0 in 51.1 innings with 53 strikeouts, Tan was selected to the All-Star Team while being named Best Right-Handed Pitcher in World Baseball Championship in 1972.
A self-taught knuckleballer, Tan became the first pitcher in Taiwan to throw the pitch and was crowned as "Prince of Knuckleball." Fellow Hall of Famer HSU Sheng-Ming “Baseball Magician” was Tan’s true apprentice of the pitch. Tan also coached Meiho Junior High to win the world championship in 1980.
Tan signed with Japanese professional team the Pacific Club Lions (now Seibu Lions) to become their trainee in 1974. He then was subsequently sent to the States to join the Fresno Giants, the single A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, thus, to become the first Taiwanese player in Major League Baseball organization. He is credited with introducing recovery icing to Taiwanese athletes. Tan was the manager of the Mercuries Tigers between 1991 and 1993.