Ni hao.

Welcome to the future home of the Taiwan Baseball Project, an on-going collaborative effort by the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) and baseball fans on both sides of the Pacific to collect, discuss, and celebrate baseball in Taiwan, as well as examine the role of baseball in the island’s changing social and political environment.

Baseball has been played in Taiwan for over a hundred years, yet there’s precious little written about it in the United States, and none of it has been collected by the world’s largest baseball historical society. The Taiwan Baseball Project Blog is meant to correct that. Working with SABR, this project is an effort to create a holistic picture of baseball in Taiwan, past and present. This effort requires that we:

  • Collect resources pertaining to the history of baseball in Taiwan
    • The introduction of baseball by the Japanese
    • The dominance of the Taiwan Little League teams
    • Establishment of the CPBL and the TML
  • Examine the defining moments of the Chinese Professional Baseball League
    • In particular, the ongoing impact of gambling
    • Taiwanese players in Japan
    • Taiwanese players in America
    • American players in Taiwan
    • Media and baseball
  • Examine the impact of baseball on the Taiwan independence movement
    • Japanese influences
    • Baseball and 2/28
    • Baseball and the KMT
    • Baseball and indigenous peoples
    • International representation
    • Analyze the historical trends of the game in Taiwan, comparing and contrasting them with the game in America at similar stages of its evolution.

This is the skeleton version of the what we hope to accomplish with the project, and the bulleted subjects are merely the starting points.

Though there is very little information available in English, there is an enormous well of resources in Chinese. With the help from SABR members and volunteers from Taiwan, we hope to turn the traditional language barrier into an asset by making information available in both languages so that anyone on both sides of the Pacific who is interested in this research will have access to it.

If you’re interested in contributing to the project, please contact me (email link is at the top of the page).