Lee Young-min

Lee Young-min (Korean이영민; Hanja李榮敏; 1 December 1905 – 12 August 1954) was a South Korean versatile sportsman who played in football, baseball and athletics.

Lee Young-min
Personal information
Full name Lee Young-min
Date of birth (1905-12-01)1 December 1905
Place of birth ?, Gyeongbuk, Korean Empire
Date of death 12 August 1954(1954-08-12) (aged 48)
Place of death Seoul, South Korea
Position(s) Forward
Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Paichai High School
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1925–1928 Yonhi College
1931[1] Yonhi College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1927–1928[2] Joseon FC
1929 Yeonu Gurakbu
1932 Gyerim FC
1933–? Kyungsung FC
Teams managed
1933–? Kyungsung FC
1948 South Korea
*Club domestic league appearances and goals
Lee Young-min
Pitcher / Outfielder
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
Professional debut
Chōsen: July 6, 1929, for the Chōsen Shokusan Bank[3]
Intercity: August 4, 1933, for the Zenkeijō[4]
Last appearance
Chōsen: September 10, 1936, for the Chōsen Shokusan Bank[5]
Intercity: August 2, 1936, for the Zenkeijō[6]
  • Chōsen Shokusan Bank (1929–1936)[7]
  • Zenkeijō (1932–1936)[8]
Career highlights and awards
Lee Young-min
Revised RomanizationI Yeongmin
McCune–ReischauerRi Yŏngmin

Early lifeEdit

His birthplace wasn't precisely known, but it is being assumed that Chilgok or Yecheon.[7][9][10] When he became a student of Paichai High School, located in Keijō (Korean: Gyeongseong or Kyungsung; former name of Seoul), he played as an athlete of his school in football, baseball and athletics. He won a high school competition of the Gyeongin Ekiden Championship and a high school division of the All Joseon Football Tournament with his team.[9][11]

Playing careerEdit

Since 1927, his school Yonhi College participated in the senior division of All Joseon Football Tournament, and he won the 1927 and 1928 tournament.[12][13] In 1928, he won five titles at an All Joseon Athletics Games, and especially in the 400 m sprint, he set a new competition record.[9][14] In the same year, he also hit the Korean first official home run in a baseball match against Gyeongseong Medical College.[15]

In 1929, he became the only Korean in the baseball club of Chōsen Shokusan Bank by joining the club after his graduation,[16] and started to play in the Intercity Baseball Tournament (Japanese national competition) and the Chōsen Semi-professional Baseball League.[15] Since 1930, he also participated as a footballer of Gyeongseong in the Kyung-Pyong Football Match, and played football during the same period.

In 1933, he helped to found the Joseon Football Association, currently Korea Football Association.[9] In the same year, he participated in the Intercity Tournament with Zenkeijō, the selection of Japanese Baseball players who were living in Gyeongseong including Shokusan Bank players, and led his team to finish as runners-up.[16] In November 1934, he was selected for the Japanese Baseball All-Star Team,[16] and also played games against American All-Star Team who visited Japan. He took a picture with Babe Ruth at that time.[15] In 1935, he won the Japanese FA Cup, Emperor's Cup, with Kyungsung FC, taking on both roles player and manager.[9][15]

Managerial careerEdit

He became the first manager who managed South Korea national football team at an international competition by participating in the 1948 Summer Olympics.[15] He accomplished South Korean first ever victory in an international football competition against Mexico in the first round of the tournament.[9]

Personal lifeEdit

However, he spent promiscuous life and was unconcerned with his family. In August 1954, he was killed by his third son's friend.[7][15]


Yonhi College

Yeonu Gurakbu

Gyerim FC

Kyungsung FC


  1. ^ 朝鮮體育會主催,本社後援 第十二回全朝鮮蹴球大會. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 7 November 1931. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  2. ^ 日本蹴球界覇者 鯉城團來京 大蹴球戰. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 10 April 1927. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  3. ^ 殖銀6A三菱3. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 8 July 1929. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  4. ^ 都市對抗野球 京城一勝. Naver.com (in Korean). The Chosun Ilbo. 5 August 1933. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  5. ^ 4…3兼二浦勝捷對殖銀野球戰. Naver.com (in Korean). The Chosun Ilbo. 11 September 1936. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  6. ^ 都市對抗野球 全京城敗退. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 4 August 1936. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  7. ^ a b c [한국야구사 재발견](5)‘조선의 홈런왕’ 이영민, 『회심(會心)』 속에서 다시 찾다 (in Korean). Money Today. 13 March 2019. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  8. ^ 都市對抗豫選 全京城野球編成. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 9 June 1932. Retrieved 9 May 2021.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h Kim, Hyeon-hoe (4 January 2018). [김현회] 베이브 루스와 대결한 축구인 이영민 (in Korean). Sports-G. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  10. ^ [스포츠산책] 이영민 타격상 수상자들의 명(明)과 암(暗) (in Korean). Sports Korea. 26 November 2018. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  11. ^ [야구100년 인물열전] (2) 이영민 (in Korean). The Chosun Ilbo. 21 January 2005. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  12. ^ a b 朝鮮體育會主催·東亞日報後援 刻一刻𤍠狂된 中學團决勝戰. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 6 November 1927. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  13. ^ a b 朝鮮體育會主催,本社後援 乘勝長驅의勢로 延專軍또優勝. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 7 November 1928. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  14. ^ 棒高跳를筆頭로 驚異할큰收穫. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 26 June 1928. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  15. ^ a b c d e f g Jeong, Young-jae (26 May 2018). ‘조선의 홈런왕’ 이영민, 런던올림픽 축구 8강도 이끌었다 (in Korean). JoongAng Ilbo. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  16. ^ a b c (2929)제70화 야구에 살다(28)일 도시대항 대회 (in Korean). JoongAng Ilbo. 1 October 1980. Retrieved 17 June 2020.
  17. ^ 朝鮮體育會主催·本社後援 臥薪六年만에 普專軍優勝. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 28 October 1929. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  18. ^ 遠來의鏡城農業과 普專,淸津이優勝. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 7 November 1932. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  19. ^ 决勝에强敵粉碎 京城蹴球優勝. Naver.com (in Korean). Dong-A Ilbo. 4 November 1935. Retrieved 17 June 2020.

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