Former Doosan (or more like OB) Bears pitcher, Park Chul-soon (박철순), reportedly will be leaving on April 1 for Sri Lanka to instruct the country’s national baseball team for a month. The team is preparing to compete in the 11th Asian Baseball Cup – Eastern Division which will be held at Jakarta, Indonesia on May 4-10.
This is part of a cooperation agreement between the National Olympic Committees of both countries which was inked during last year’s Asian Games in Incheon. Former coach for the Giants and Heroes, Kim Jeong-su (김정수), was also sent to assist the team back in 2012.
Dubbed as a legend among baseball fans, Park had a phenomenal year in 1982 going 24-4 with a 1.84 ERA while having pitched in nearly half of the team’s games. He was not able to repeat the same kind of numbers afterwards. However, he did manage to pitch until 1996 after coming back from multiple career-ending injuries earning him the nickname, “The Phoenix” (불사조, 不死鳥).
Park is also known as the second Korean player to sign with a Major League club as he played under the Milwaukee Brewers organization in 1980-1981.
- “영원한 불사조” 박철순, 스리랑카 야구 국가 대표팀 파견 지도, Korea Baseball Association, Mar. 31, 2015.
- 김정수 전 동의대 감독 스리랑카 대표팀 지도한다, Sports Chosun, Feb. 1, 2012.