Wednesday, September 7, 2011

A Passing in the KBO

Samsung Lions minor league manager and former outfielder for the Lions and the Lotte Giants passed in the morning of the 7th of September, 2011 at 7:30am KST.

Chang Hyo-jo succumbed to his fight with cancer at the age of 55.

Called the "Hit Maker" for his .331 lifetime batting average, the best ever in the KBO to now, Daegu boy Chang joined his hometown squad in 1983, the KBO's second year, after playing for Hanyang University's baseball team in Seoul.

In 1985, Chang hit .373, and helped his team win so many games, the Korean Series was called off for the season and the Lions were crowned champions.

After peaking in 1987, when he hit .387 and snatching the batting title for the 3rd year in the row, Chang went on a decline and hit .314 the following season.

In January of 1989, Chang was traded to the Lotte Giants but didn't put up super hitter numbers again until 1991, when he hit .347.

After retiring in 1993, Chang coached with both the Giants and the Lions organizations, and he was named Samsung's minor league team this season. The minor league team plays out of Samsung Lions Ballpark in Gyeongsan City, Gyeongbuk province.

Chang had been fighting liver and stomach cancer.

Funeral service is scheduled to take place at Busan's Donga University Hospital Friday morning.

1 comment:

CanadianDoosanFan said...

I had the pleasure of seeing him receive a Legend Award of Excellence at the 2011 All Star Game in Jamsil. Chang Hyo-Jo thank you for the many games and hard work you have given to baseball may you RIP.