Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Wang awarded top culture medal

New York Yankees starting pitcher Wang Chien-Ming, center, gives a baseball with his signature to Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng during an award...

New York Yankees starting pitcher Wang Chien-Ming, center, gives a baseball with his signature to Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng during an award...

Taiwan's baseball hero, Wang Chien-ming, was awarded yesterday with the first-class Culture Medal by the Ministry of Education, becoming the 17th recipient of the top honor for his contributions to the country's educational sector.
Wang is also the first person to receive the medal for his great contribution toward the promotion of Taiwan's sports culture, and the youngest among all medalists so far, including late physicist Wu Ta-you (吳大猷), who headed the Academia Sinica (中央研究院) 1983-1994 and was called "the father of Chinese physics" for promoting scientific development in Chinese societies.
Wang, born and educated in Tainan, southern Taiwan, is considered the "glory of Taiwan" after he achieved a record 19 victories as pitcher for the New York Yankees in last season's U.S. Major League baseball games.
Boosting Taiwan's image
At the award ceremony, Minister of Education Tu Cheng-sheng (杜正勝) praised Wang as Taiwan's best representative, saying he has helped boost Taiwan's international image throughout the world with his good name in baseball.
Meanwhile, as "Wang fever" continues to enflame Taiwan, a private company that owns the U.S. Major League franchise to sell products carrying Wang's signature or photo plans to put 5,000 "Wang Chien-ming Teddy Bear" dolls on the market today.
The limited edition stuffed animal, which wears a Major League baseball cap, a Major League baseball suite and Wang's special baseball glove, is expected to trigger an islandwide collection fad December 30, when they will go on sale at 15 Eslite bookstores around Taiwan.


Updated : 2021-08-04 04:58 GMT+08:00