Ho-kyun Lim (임호균)
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10"
- High School Incheon High School
Ho-kyun Lim pitched for seven seasons in the Korea Baseball Organization.
Lim spent several years with the South Korean national team as there was no Korean professional league at that point. He was with South Korea that won the 1977 Intercontinental Cup. In the 1978 Amateur World Series, he went 2-0 with a 0.87 ERA for the Bronze Medal winners. He tied for 6th in the event in wins, trailing Dong-won Choi, Shigekazu Mori, Mike Kinnunen, Mark Thurmond and Braudilio Vinent. He was with South Korea for the 1981 Intercontinental Cup. He had a 0.00 ERA as South Korea took the 1982 Amateur World Series title, tying Dong-yol Son for the tourney lead.
Lim joined the KBO in its second season but was not as stellar as a pro as he had been as an amateur. He made his pro debut with the Sammi Superstars, going 12-15 with two saves and a 3.03 ERA. He was 4th in the 1983 KBO in complete games (15, trailing Hiroaki Fukushi, Si-jin Kim and Choi), 6th in wins, 4th in losses, tied for 5th in strikeouts (86, even with Hyung-chul Kye), second in innings pitched (234 2/3, a distant 192 2/3 IP behind workhorse Fukushi), 2nd in hits allowed (231, 155 shy of Fukushi), tied Sang-soo No for third with 94 runs allowed and was second with 79 earned runs allowed (32 back of Fukushi). He was then traded to the Lotte Giants for Doo-jo Kwon. He had a 10-9, 2.95 record in 1984 and was 7th with 9 complete games. He lost game 4 of the 1984 Korean Series to the Samsung Lions; it was one of only two Lotte decisions in the 7-game Series that did not go to Choi.
The Incheon native went 10-10 with a 3.23 ERA in 1985, tying for 10th in the league in wins and tying for third in losses. He was 3-8 with a 3.32 ERA in 1986. Moving to the Chungbo Pintos, he was 9-10 with a 3.78 ERA during 1987. He was tied for 8th in losses with Hak-kil Yoon, 7th in complete games (11) and 9th in innings pitched (173 2/3). On August 25, he threw a 73-pitch shutout against the Haitai Tigers, the quickest shutout in KBO history to that point. He did not pitch in the 1988 KBO. He was with Taepyungyang Dolphins in 1989 (0-1, Sv, 2.40 in 7 G) and 1990 (4.60 ERA in 7 G) before retiring. He had gone 44-56 with 3 saves and a 3.32 ERA in 154 games in the KBO.
Lim was a commentator for MBC in 1991 and SBS in 1992-1993. He was pitching coach for LG Twins in 1994 (they won the 1994 Korean Series) and 1995. He held the same role for the Samsung Lions from 1996 to 1998.