Ex-man­ager of Sammi Su­per­stars dies at 84

The Korea Times - - PEOPLE - By Park Ji-won jw­park@ko­re­atimes.co.kr

Kim Jin-young, for­mer man­ager of the pro­fes­sional base­ball club Sammi Su­per­stars and “God­fa­ther” of In­cheon base­ball play­ers, died in Florida, U.S., on Mon­day (lo­cal time). He was 84.

Born in In­cheon in 1935, Kim’s life was all about base­ball. When he was a high school in­fielder at In­cheon High School, his team won na­tional base­ball cham­pi­onships three times. He also played base­ball in teams for the Korean Army and the Korean Na­tional Rail­road un­til his re­tired as a player.

He changed his ca­reer to be­come a man­ager for mul­ti­ple sports teams in­clud­ing the Korea Marine Corps and Inha Univer­sity since 1966 un­til he joined the pro­fes­sional league. In 1982, the Korea Base­ball Or­ga­ni­za­tion (KBO) League was of­fi­cially launched. A year later, he be­came man­ager of the Sammi Su­per­stars, the now de­funct In­cheon-based club, re­plac­ing the first man­ager Park Hyun-sik.

Af­ter he took the post, the team was in the lead un­til May, but the team sus­pended his po­si­tion af­ter he was ar­rested for at­tack­ing and beat­ing an um­pire dur­ing a game to protest against a de­ci­sion in June. He re­turned to the po­si­tion in 1984, but the team never re­turned to its for­mer glory.

When Pung­han group bought the Sammi Su­per­stars, it changed the club’s name to Cheongbo Pin­tos in 1985. The new owner re­placed Kim in a reshuf­fle. He later be­came man­ager of the Lotte Gi­ants in 1990, but stepped down in the same year af­ter the team suf­fered 18 con­sec­u­tive losses.

He em­i­grated to the U.S. in 1994 and did not take a po­si­tion re­lated to base­ball in Korea again. He is also the fa­ther of Kim Kyung-ki, for­mer base­ball player, man­ager and cur­rent base­ball com­men­ta­tor of SPO TV.

Kim Jin-young

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