Former coach Kim Young-deok, the first Korean Series winning command tower in the KBO League, passed away on the 21st at the age of 87. Doosan and Hanwha clubs with deep ties to former manager Kim also expressed their condolences.
Former manager Kim, a Korean-Japanese born in Japan in 1936, played an active role as a right-handed pitcher for the Nankai Hawks (now Softbank) of the Japanese professional baseball league from 1956 to 1963. Former coach Kim, who also experienced winning the Japan Series in 1959, came to Korea in 1964 and continued his career as a player at Korea Shipping Corporation, Crown Beer, and Hanil Bank until 1969.
Starting with Hanil Bank coaching in 1970, former coach Kim embarked on the path of leadership. After coaching Jangchung High School and Bukil High School, he took over as the first coach of OB (currently Doosan) with the launch of professional baseball in 1982, leading the Korean Series championship in the first year. After leading OB until 1983, he directed Samsung from 1984 to 1986 and Binggrae (now Hanwha) from 1988 to 1993.
He recorded 707 wins, 480 losses, 20 draws and a 5.9 pun 6 Lee in 1207 games in 11 KBO League seasons. Following the Korean Series championship in the first year, Samsung achieved a combined championship in the pre-war league in 1985, but Samsung (1984, 1986) and Binggrae (1988-1989, 1991-1992) were runners-up in the Korean Series only six times. It was also a title. 헤라카지노
Former coach Kim, who resigned from Binggrae, ended his field leadership activities after coaching the second group of LG from 1997 to 1998. Afterwards, former coach Kim, who watched his juniors and students as an elder in baseball, attended the ring delivery ceremony for Doosan’s original winning member in 2011, and pitched the first pitch at the All-Star Game held in Daejeon in 2012. In 2018, Hanwha’s Daejeon home opening game also evoked the nostalgia of old fans by appearing as the first pitcher. In May 2020, Hanwha players were given fruit juice and encouraged.
Doosan and Hanwha clubs also honored former manager Kim through social media. Doosan said, “Kim Young-deok, the first Bears coach, passed away on the 21st at the age of 87. The deceased took the helm of the Bears in 1982, his first year as a pro, and led them to their first championship. I pray for the deceased’s soul,’ he mourned.
Hanwha also said, “Former manager Kim Young-deok passed away at the age of 87. Manager Kim Young-deok led the team to the Korean Series 4 times during the 6 seasons (1998-1993), and is the main character who put the Eagles in the ranks of a strong team. Even after that, he visited Daejeon Stadium as the first pitcher and did not spare encouragement for the Hanwha Eagles. I pray for the deceased’s soul,’ he mourned.
Former SK coach Lee Man-soo, who worked with former coach Kim when he was a Samsung player, also posted on his SNS, “I wish the deceased a rest in peace. I will never forget the memories with the director. And I won’t forget the many baseball philosophies you taught us. Thank you, director. Rest in peace in heaven now,’ and posted three pictures of former director Kim.