Today in CPBL History: First CPBL game (17-March-1990)

Today in CPBL history 17th March 1990. The first CPBL game between Brother Elephants and Uni-President Lions was played in Taipei baseball stadium (demolished in 2000) in front of 14,350 Taiwanese baseball fans where Uni-Lions defeated Brother Elephants 4-3.

The old Taipei Baseball Stadium was built in 1957. Demolished in 2000. (Photo Credit CPBL.com.tw)
CPBL Year One opening day ticket. (Photo credit 小蔚的棒球文物館)

In the late 80s in order to keep the local baseball talents in Taiwan.  The idea of a Taiwanese professional baseball league was formed.  After several years of planning, on October 1989 CPBL was established with a 4 teams structure.  Brother Elephants, Uni-President Lions, Wei Chuan Dragons & Mercuries Tigers.

NPB legend Sadaharu Oh (王貞治) was also invited to participate in the first pitch ceremony and as the commentator for the day. Apart from domestically broadcast, the CPBL opening day game also broadcasted in Japan by NHK.

NPB legend 王貞治 Sadaharu Oh participate in the 1st pitch ceremony (Photo Credit skymao.com)
王貞治 Sadaharu Oh as commentator for NHK Japan (Photo Credit CPBL magazine)

Lamigo Monkeys 2017 manager 洪一中 (Hung I-Chung) was the catcher batting clean-up while Uni-Lions 2017 bullpen coach 杜福明 (Tu Fu-Ming) was the starting pitcher for the Lions.  Here’s their first encounter in the bottom of 1st inning.

First CPBL home run by Uni Lions third baseman 汪俊良 (Wang Chun-Liang).  Wang played for Uni-Lions from 1990~1994 with only 2 HRs in his career.

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