Photos: Courtesy of CPBL

TAIPEI — The island’s top professional sports league, CPBL, is celebrating its 30th season this year. In honour of hitting the 30-year milestone, the league has launched a “No One’s Out” exhibition, showcasing historic CPBL memorabilia and moments dating back to the inaugural 1990 season.

CPBL Commissioner John Wu said the exhibition was to honour and recognise the fans and the major role they have played in sustaining the success of the league, which has helped cement baseball’s leading position as the premier sport in the territory.

Chinese Taipei’s highest political official, Tsai Ing-wen, attended the exhibition’s grand opening, and sent the message that “baseball unites us.”

CPBL legends and stars, past and present, attended the opening ceremony.

Chinese Taipei 1988 Olympic baseball player and the only four-time CPBL home-run leader Lin Chung-Chiu praised the extraordinary achievement of CPBL founder Hung Teng-Sheng, “I want to thank Mr. Hung for establishing professional baseball for (Chinese Taipei) players. It is the top goal of (Chinese Taipei) players.”

The slugger also urged Commissioner Wu to expand the league, saying, “Playing professional baseball are the dreams of the kids, please provide the future for these kids.”

CPBL legend and 1988 Olympic baseball player, Chung-Chiu Lin at the exhibition opening in Taipei City, Taiwan. Photo: CPBL

Current Lamigo Monkeys manager Hung I-Chung who played in the inaugural season, said: “I know there were so many obstacles and difficulties when Mr. Hung was trying to establish the league, but the founding of CPBL has changed the lives of baseball people and the landscape of (Chinese Taipei) baseball.”

CPBL’s 30th season will open on Sunday, 23 March, with a match-up between 2018 defending champions Lamigo Monkeys and the Uni-President 7-Eleven Lions.

The No One’s Out exhibition, located at Huanshan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei City, will remain open to the public until 31 March.