The late former coach Kim Young-deok, who passed away on the 21st at the age of 87, was an indispensable pioneer in the history of Korean professional baseball. Former coach Kim, a Korean-Japanese pitcher who came to Korea in 1964 after playing in Nippon Professional Baseball, played until 1969. The pitcher who introduced the slider for the first time in Korean baseball was former manager Kim. After his retirement as a player, he built a reputation as a coach. After coaching Hanil Bank, Jangchung High School, and Bukil High School, he led OB (now Doosan) to win the Korean Series in the first year of the KBO League in 1982.
After directing OB until 1983, he served as manager of Samsung from 1984 to 1986 and Binggrae (currently Hanwha) from 1988 to 1993, recording a total of 1207 matches in 11 seasons, 707 wins, 480 losses, 20 draws, and a win rate of 5.9%. In 1985, while leading Samsung’s unified championship, he achieved 500, 600, and 700 wins for the first time in the KBO. His 707 wins was the 7th highest ever for a manager in the KBO League. He is also the highest winning percentage among 12 all-time coaches who have commanded more than 1000 games. Former Doosan coach Kim Tae-hyeong (645 wins, 484 losses, 19 draws, .571) ranks second in winning percentage.
For former Hanwha coach Kim Eung-yong, who won Haitai and Samsung championships, and former coach Kim Yeong-deok, who was the only team to win two championships, the days of Binggrae remain with deep resentment. Former coach Kim, who led the Eagles’ heyday with 415 wins, 294 losses and 17 draws (.585) for six years from 1988 to 1993, won all four times despite advancing to the Korean Series four times, including two pennant wins in 1989 and 1992. finished as runner-up. He was blocked 3 times by Haitai and 1 time by Lotte. 온라인바카라
As the first team coaching career ended with Binggrae, the image of a ‘misfortunate master’ remains strong for former manager Kim. Former coach Kim said, “I was a person who ate Hanwha rice for 11 years from Bukil High School to Binggrae. He said, “I put Binggrae in the Korean series four times, but all four times were broken.” It is also a heartfelt debt to the players who were with former manager Kim in the heyday of Binggrae.
From Bukil High School to Binggrae, Lee Sang-goon (61), a “magician with control power” who has a long relationship with former coach Kim, visited the Seoul mortuary during field training in Geoje. “He is like a father to me. When I went to high school, Shinil High School and Chungam High School tried to take me, but I played baseball in Japan, and my father sent me to Bukil High School to learn from coach Kim Young-deok, who was a pitcher.” His leadership was so great that he put it on the Korean series. He was especially good at running long-term races, and he went up to the Korean Series four times, but he didn’t win once. It’s really unfortunate, and all I can do is apologize to the director. At that time, Haetae was very strong.”
Former Hanwha coach Han Yong-deok (58), who also met former coach Kim for the first time at Bukil High School and reunited as a trainee at Binggrae. It’s a pity that the coach is slightly underestimated because he was the runner-up at Binggrae. He also won the Korean Series in the first year, and in Binggrae, he raised not only me but also many unknown players who were not noticed at first, such as Jeong Min-cheol, former general manager of Hanwha. He was like a benefactor who cared about even the smallest details.”
Former Scoreboard coach Song Jin-woo (57), who is active as a Binggrae ace and holds the record for the most wins (210 wins) in the KBO League history, said, “Haitai pitchers were so good that he couldn’t win the championship in Binggrae, but coach Kim Young-deok played a pioneering role in Korean baseball. . When Korean professional baseball was not well established, the coach introduced Japan’s advanced baseball at the time and taught the players carefully.”
Former coach Kim laid the foundation for the development of Korean baseball in the early days with his delicate managerial guidance. Coach Lee Sang-goon said, “The details were extraordinary as he played baseball in Japan. He learned defensive formations and team play that he couldn’t have imagined at the time. When he was training he never compromised. Although he had a lot of training, he strengthened the physical and mental strength of the players. This is why Bukilgo and Binggrae were able to become strong teams in a short period of time,” he explained.
Former coach Kim has a strong image of a cold-blooded winner due to controversies over losing games and pushing records, but his disciples remember him as a ‘teacher with a lot of affection’. Former coach Han Yong-deok said, “He was a bit strict, but he was like a big mountain to the players. He believed in me until I grew up, taking time and caring for players.” He was small in his first year, and after quitting baseball in the middle, I didn’t see him for a long time (when he joined as a trainee in 1987), but I remember that he recognized me at once. He was a kind and meticulous person.”
Former director Song Jin-woo also said, “I remember seeing the director shedding tears while telling my story at the end of Binggrae. He seems to have felt sorry for letting me throw so much. By today’s standards, looking at the number of innings or pitches, people say it was overwork, but back then it was natural to throw like that. The fact that I was able to play for a long time was largely influenced by the fact that I learned a lot from the coach at that time.”
The students of Binggrae would collect money on Teacher’s Day or when the time came, and express their gratitude to former director Kim. He kept in touch often until recently. Director Lee Sang-goon said, “November last year was the last call. Even then, his voice was loud, but he said it had gotten worse recently.” Former coach Han Yong-deok said, “Last year, I saw the coach who came to the Suwon baseball field while serving as supervisor. He called before the Lunar New Year holiday, but he didn’t answer, so I thought I’d do it next time. However, a (obituary) text message came from the director’s son. He was so healthy that I hadn’t even thought of it.”
Former director Song Jin-woo also said, “The director didn’t want to show a weak side. Even during a recent phone call, he used to show a strong appearance by saying that he would live as a myeongdae without harming his children,” he said. I hope that the KBO and Hanwha clubs will not forget and take care of the coach’s merits, which should be respected by his juniors.”