Former coach Kim Young-deok, the ‘first championship command tower’ who led the OB Bears (now Doosan Bears) to the top in 1982 when the KBO League was launched passed away on the 21st. He is 87 years old.
When the news of former manager Kim passed away, a wave of memorials continued in the baseball world. Doosan and Hanwha Eagles (then Binggrae Eagles), who worked as coaches in the past, posted a post commemorating former manager Kim on the club’s official social media.
Born in Kyoto, Japan in 1936, manager Kim was active as a pitcher from 1956 to 1963 wearing the uniform of the Nankai Hawks (now Softbank Hawks). After stepping on the domestic unemployment baseball stage in 1964, he went through Korea Shipping Corporation – Crown Beer – Hanil Bank.
Senior baseball players who played with coach Kim Young-deok said that his ball was outstanding. Former manager Kim used his main weapon, a slider, as well as a sinker and forkball. At the time, it was no different from ‘No.
As a player, he started his coaching career as the coach of Hanil Bank, his last team, and served as the coach of Jangchung High School and Bukil High School. And at the same time as the launch of the KBO league, he was appointed as the first head coach of the OB Bears.
Coach Kim Young-deok, who coached OB players for two years, took the baton at Samsung Lions and Binggrae Eagles, then continued his leadership career as a pitching instructor for the LG Twins in 1996 and as a manager for the LG Futures team from 1997 to 1998.
Including unemployment baseball and high school baseball, his time as a leader alone is well over 20 years. Although he never played as a professional player, he was a baseball player who contributed to the ‘technical development’ of Korean baseball. This is why he is considered one of the indispensable figures in the history of the KBO League over 40 years.
In particular, the teams that experienced 파라오카지노 Kim Young-deok’s system achieved good results and received attention for being among the strongest teams. Looking at OB, which was his first professional team, he won the title of the KBO league’s first champion. This is a history that will not disappear even after hundreds of years.
From 1984 to 1986, he became the head of the lion corps, advancing to the Korean Series twice and winning a combined championship. At that time, Samsung, which took first place in both the first and second leagues, reached the top without playing the Korean Series.
Even after moving the team to Binggrae, coach Kim Young-duk’s leadership showed results. From 1988 to 1993, the first season after taking over as manager, he led the team to the Korean Series four times. Although the team that was founded in 1986 was reborn as a strong team in a short period of time even though it did not win the championship trophy, Hanwha fans are still grateful to former coach Kim.
He wasn’t always smooth. After winning the first league in 1984, when the latter league was nearing its end, Samsung ahead of the Korean Series was surrounded by ‘suspicion of losing’. Former coach Kim, who wanted to face Lotte, who judged it a worthy opponent instead of a relatively difficult OB, was at the center of the controversy.
However, it is a part that everyone acknowledges that he left great achievements as a leader. There are not many leaders who have left better records than him as a manager, including a career record of 1207 matches, 707 wins, 20 draws, 480 losses (0.596 win rate), and the lowest record of 600 wins (1004 matches).
Former manager Kim Tae-hyung (now SBS Sports commentator), who led Doosan to advance to the Korean Series for 7 consecutive years from 2015 to 2021 and became a master, also failed to surpass former manager Kim Young-deok. On May 4 last year, they achieved 600 wins (17 draws, 415 losses) in 1032 matches, which is second in the ‘minimum 600 wins’.
The passion of former coach Kim, who gave a big resonance to baseball players and fans, will be remembered for a long time. The funeral of his deceased was prepared at Seoul National University Bundang Hospital located in Seongnam City, Gyeonggi Province, and his funeral is at 10:30 am on the 25th