On April 8, 1994, Chan Ho Park took the mound for the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Atlanta Braves and became the first Korean to play in Major League Baseball (MLB). He would continue on to become the winningest Asian pitcher in MLB history during his 16-year MLB career. Since Park’s debut, 14 other Koreans have played in the Major Leagues and MLB scouts are taking notice of the talented players in the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO).
Introduced by missionaries, baseball arrived in Korea in the early 1900s. It rose in popularity throughout the 20th century, and in 1982 the Korean Professional Baseball League (now the KBO) launched with six teams.… Read More