#Shortstops: A bat for a Lion
By some reports, this tournament was created in response to the removal of baseball by the Olympics in 2005.
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The first of its kind, this tournament would feature professional ball players from all over the world, competing for the title of “World Champion.” The first game was played by South Korea and Chinese Taipei at the Tokyo Dome on March 3, 2006. The South Korean team won 2-0 and finished the first two rounds undefeated with a record of 6-0. While they found initial success, they lost to Japan in the semifinals and placed third overall.
In a game against Japan, Lee hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the eighth inning, leading South Korean to a win on May 3, 2006. South Korea continued undefeated in the tournament until they faced Japan again in the semifinal, losing 6-0.
Born on Aug. 18, 1976 in Daegu, South Korea, Lee is one of the most honored players in the KBO, winning MVP honors five times with an overall batting average of .301 while playing for the Samsung Lions. In his 23 seasons, split between the KBO and NBP, he totaled 2,282 hits, setting the record for the most recorded hits by a native-born Korean player.
On top of being a five-time KBO MVP (1997, 1999, 2001-2003), Lee was also a 10-time recipient of the KBO League Golden Glove Award (1997-2003, 2012, 2014-2015) at first base.
Emily Wilson was a reference librarian at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum