June 13, 2013 09:48
Park Chan-ho, the first Korean to play in Major League Baseball, will release a book about his 30-year career. After announcing his retirement while playing for Korea's Hanwha Eagles last November, he spent five months writing essays on his life as a baseball player.
In the book, Park, who joined the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1994 while still a student at Hanyang University, uses the analogy of how a faulty product can taint the image of its country of origin to illustrate how he was always careful to be a good ambassador for Korea abroad.
He said he always strove to be on his best behavior in the U.S. and Japan where he played for leading outfits in the top professional leagues, because he felt as though he was representing Korea.
Proceeds from the sales of the book will go to Park Chan-ho Dream Foundation to help promote baseball among children in Korea.
A book-signing event will take place at Times Square in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul, on June 21, and at Kyobo Book Center in Gwanghwamun on the following day.
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