Kuen-Chi Cheng

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Kuen-Chi Cheng (鄭昆吉)

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 8", Weight 165 lb.

Biographical Information[edit]

Kuen-Chi Cheng was a prominent player and coach in Taiwan, making the Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame.

He caught for Taiwan in the 1967 Asian Championship (Bronze), 1969 Asian Championship (Silver), 1973 Asian Championship (Bronze), 1974 Amateur World Series and 1975 Asian Championship, noted for both his hitting and defense. He then coached for Taiwan in the 1976 Amateur World Series. When the Chinese Professional Baseball League formed in 1990, he was the manager of the Uni-President Lions. He guided them to a win over the Brother Elephants in the first game in CPBL history, on March 17. The team finished 37-49-4.

The Lions improved to 46-34-10 in 1991, won the second-half title then won the 1991 Taiwan Series over the defending champion Wei Chuan Dragons in seven games. He was named Manager of the Year. His team went 41-45-4 in 1992 and 54-34-2 in 1993 but lost the 1993 Taiwan Series to the Elephants. Having gone .524 in four seasons, he was replaced by Yataro Oishi. He coached for the Dragons in the 1995 CPBL and later was a consultant for the Taiwan Major League.

In 2019, he was posthumously inducted into the Taiwan Baseball Hall of Fame.

Source: Taiwan Baseball Wiki