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Taiwanese Baseball Timeline
Written by Joseph Reaves and Rob Fitts   
Friday, 31 December 2010 01:21
  • 1969 -Taiwan competes in the Little League World Series for the first time. The Taichung Golden Dragons create a swell of provincial pride and interest in baseball by winning the championship.
  • 1974 - San Francisco Giants sign Tan Shin-ming, a twenty-three-year-old Taiwanese pitcher, and invite him to spring training. He pitches that season for the Class-A Fresno [California] Giants, going 8-4 as the first Taiwanese to play professional ball in the United States.
  • 1975 -Bob Howsam, president of the soon-to-be world champion Cincinnati Reds, announces the signing of two former Little League standouts from Taiwan – pitcher Kao Eng-jey and catcher Lee Lai-hua. Both are denied exit permits by Taiwanese authorities because Taiwan law requires all able-bodied males to serve two years in the military.
  • 1990 - The Chinese Professional Baseball League begins play in Taiwan.
  • 1993 - The Los Angeles Dodgers visit Taiwan for a three-game friendship series.
  • 1995 - Taiwan’s Chinese Professional Baseball League expands its schedule from ninety games to 100 games.
  • 1997 - A dispute over television rights leads to the formation of a second professional baseball league in Taiwan, the Taiwan Major League.
  • 1997 - Three of Taiwan’s most-famous professional baseball stars, including two-time MVP pitcher Kuo Chin-hsing and a teammate, confess to charges they rigged games for gambling syndicates.
  • 1997 - Taiwan announces it is withdrawing from competition for the Little League World Series because it feels unable to comply with a rule limiting the number of players from each school district.

This timeline has been reproduced from Joseph Reaves' book Taking in a Game: A History of Baseball in Asia with the permission of the author.

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