The Korea Professional Baseball Organization (KPOB) met with the bereaved family of the late Jang Myung-boo in Osaka on March 3 to console them and donate the amount of game company naming rights they have not been able to benefit from.
The late Jang Myung-bu played in the Nippon Professional Baseball Organization from 1968 to 1982, appearing in 339 games and leaving behind a record of 91 wins and 84 losses with a 3.68 ERA. In 1979 and 1980, he was the main pitcher for Hiroshima, helping the team win back-to-back Japan Series titles. In 1983, he moved to the KBO, where he won 30 games in a Sammi uniform, the most wins in a single season in KBO history.메이저놀이터
He played four seasons in the KBO until 1986, compiling a career record of 55 wins (79 losses) and a 3.55 ERA. After retiring, he worked as a pitching coach at Samsung and Lotte, where he excelled in developing pitchers, but he was involved in a scandalous incident that led to his permanent ban from the KBO.
After returning to Japan, Jang Myung-bu died in 2005 at the young age of 54, and the baseball world and baseball fans lost interest in him. However, last year, the bereaved family of the late Jang Myung-bu inquired about joining the Ilgukhoe, and after reviewing various related documents, the Ilgukhoe board of directors triumphantly approved the membership.
Kim Kwang-soo, chairman of the Ilgukhoe, said, “I understand that there are balls, but there are also excesses. There is no denying his efforts to develop Korean baseball. Both the ball and the man are part of the history of the KBO.”
On behalf of the bereaved family, Jang Myung-bu’s wife, Jieko Fukushi, expressed her gratitude to the Korean baseball community and the Ilgukhoe for not forgetting about her husband, and said, “I would like to say ‘thank you’ to the various people who treated me warmly when I lived in Korea in the past.”
“Like the meeting with the bereaved family of the late Jang Myung-bu, we will continue to cherish our past history and relationships and strive to help Korean baseball develop further,” said the Ilgukhoe.