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Chia-Hsiang Lin

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Chia-Hsiang Lin (林家祥) (Old Flying Man)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 9", Weight 154 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Chia-Hsiang Lin played, coached and managed in Taiwan.

He was known as Old Flying Man due to his acrobatic defense in the middle infield. He played for the Army team (and later coached them). He was with the Taiwanese national team in the 1971 Asian Championship. He coached for Taiwan in the 1977 Intercontinental Cup, then managed them to 4th place in the 1982 Amateur World Series. He coached for Taiwan in the 1983 Intercontinental Cup (Bronze), 1983 Asian Championship (tied for first, qualifying for the 1984 Olympics), 1984 Olympics and 1984 Amateur World Series. When they took Silver in the 1984 Amateur World Series, it was their first medal in an Amateur World Series.

Lin coached for Taiwan in the 1985 Asian Championship (Silver) and 1985 Intercontinental Cup then managed them to the 1987 Asian Championship title and guided them in the 1987 Intercontinental Cup and 1988 Olympics. That ended a decade of coaching or managing for Taiwan. He won Best Manager in 1987 from the Baseball Federation of Asia and Best Coach in 1988 from the International Baseball Federation. He replaced Yataro Oishi as manager of the Uni-President Lions in 1997, going 57-31-7 for the best record but they missed the 1997 Taiwan Series as they did not win either half. They were 57-45-3 and had the second-best record in 1998 but again did not make the Taiwan Series. He then retired (replaced by Osamu Inoue), focusing on youth baseball development in his later years.

He was named to the Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2022.

Sources: Taiwan Baseball Wiki, Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame