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Debut inductees to baseball hall of fame honored

The four inductees into the debut Taiwanese Baseball Hall of Fame were honored at a ceremony at a New Taipei baseball stadium on Friday to publicly honor those who have made significant contributions to the development of baseball in Taiwan.

The four inductees were Tseng Chi-en (曾紀恩), Hung Teng-sheng (洪騰勝), Hsieh Kuo-cheng (謝國城) and Yen Hsiao-chang (嚴孝章).

 They were recognized for their excellence in playing, managing and serving the sport, according to the Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame Association (台灣棒球名人堂協會) that organized the event.

  Among the hall of famers, only Hung was able to receive the honor himself at the ceremony on Xinzhuang Baseball Stadium (新莊棒球場) in New Taipei City

  Tseng, Hsieh and Yen, were posthumously honored, with their family members receiving the honors on their behalf.

  Dubbed as father of Taiwan's professional baseball, Hung founded the Brother Hotel baseball team in 1984 out of his passion for the sport.

  Under his efforts, Hung managed to persuade three other business entities to create teams, ultimately leading to the formation of the Chinese Professional Baseball League in 1990, the third professional baseball league in Asia after Japan and Korea.

  “I hope all baseball lovers and the central government can continue to support baseball development in Taiwan,” Hung said at the ceremony, adding that he hopes one day a permanent museum for Taiwan's baseball hall of fame can be established.  

Hall of Famers

  Hsieh and Yen were admitted for their special contributions to baseball in the country as well, with Hsieh considered the father of Taiwan's little league baseball, Yang, the father of Taiwan's amateur baseball.

  Hsieh devoted substantial time and money to helping the country during the early stage of its youth baseball development, an effort that culminated in the dominance of Taiwanese little leaguers at Williamsport for more than a decade between the 1970s and 1990s.

  Yen, a former Chinese Taipei Baseball Association head, brought Taiwan amateur baseball to the world stage, paving the way for the national squads' superb performances in international competitions and making the small island country one of the world's top five baseball powerhouses for a time.

  Tseng, on the other hand, was selected for his life-long dedication to coaching baseball, as he led many national Taiwanese teams, including those composed of professionals, youths and little leaguers, to compete in global events.

  Meanwhile, an exhibition on the debut hall of famers yesterday kicked off at an exhibition hall at the same baseball stadium.

  The free-entry exhibition runs every Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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