The Doosan Bears (Korean: 두산 베어스) are a professional baseball team of the KBO League and are based in Seoul, South Korea. They have won six Korean Series titles (1982, 1995, 2001, 2015, 2016, and 2019) and play their home games at Seoul's Jamsil Baseball Stadium; sharing the stadium with LG Twins. Doosan Bears' mascot is 'Bear', and his name is Chul-woong.
|League||KBO League (1982–present)|
|Location||Seoul, South Korea|
|Ballpark||Jamsil Baseball Stadium (1986–present)|
|League championships||1982,[a] 1986,[b] 1995, 1999,[c] 2016, 2018, 2019|
|Korean Series championships||1982, 1995, 2001, 2015, 2016, 2019|
|Former name(s)||OB Bears (1982–1998)|
|Colors||Navy blue, red and white|
|Retired numbers||21, 54|
The club was founded in Daejeon in 1982 as the OB Bears, with the Oriental Brewery as their owners. OB Bears was the first team to be founded in Korean professional baseball league. In 1985, the team moved to its current home base in Seoul. The OB Bears were officially renamed the Doosan Bears in 1999, after Oriental Brewery was sold to InBev and the Doosan Group assumed ownership.
The Bears won the inaugural Korean Series in 1982 by defeating the Samsung Lions to become the first champion of Korean professional baseball league. Since 2015, the Bears have appeared in five consecutive Korean Series championships, winning three of the series in 2015, 2016 and 2019.
During the OB Bears, he wore a basic white background, dark navy and red uniform. In the early professional league, he wore a button-type uniform with OB engraved on both sides of his chest, and in the late league, he wore a uniform with the logo OB BEARS on his chest. For the next 16 years from 1983 to 1998, it was changed from a button-type uniform to a V-neck shirt-type uniform. The team name was then changed from OB Bears to Doosan Bears, and the club BI was changed. As a result, it was changed to a basic white background, a dark navy and a yellow uniform. The uniform features a half-moon bear logo, a symbol of the new club BI, on its chest. From 1999 to 2001, he wore a shirt-type uniform with a half-moon bear logo all over his chest, and from 2002 to 2009, he wore a button-type uniform with a half-moon bear logo on the right side of his chest. Then on January 4, 2010, before the 2010 season began, the Doosan Bears announced that they would produce a new team emblem and uniform, a combination of dark navy and yellow with dark navy and red. As of January 2010, Doosan Bears had a button-type home uniform with the BEARS logo on the white, a button-type away uniform with the club emblem on the right side of the chest on a dark navy background, and some shadows on the back number from the middle of the 2015 season. In addition, they are wearing a shirt-type old uniform without OB from the existing OB Bears uniform, and a button-type special uniform with BEARS written in drops, which consists of gold instead of red.
Korea's first professional baseball team was established as a professional baseball team in the KBO League. The hometown is Seoul Metropolitan Government. The home stadium is jointly using the Seoul Sports Complex baseball stadium in Jamsil-dong, Songpa-gu with the LG Twins. It is one of the three professional baseball teams based in Seoul and the first-year Korean professional baseball team. Like the Samsung Lions and Lotte Giants, it was one of the professional baseball teams established in the first year of the KBO League and was the name of the Doosan OB BEARS Professional Baseball Team when it was founded in 1982. At the time of its foundation, it was located in North and South Chungcheong Province, including Daejeon City, but moved to Seoul three years later. Right after the relocation, Dongdaemun Baseball Stadium in Seoul was used as a home stadium. The mascot is a bear, as the team name suggests. In 1982, 1995, 2001, 2015, 2016, and 2019, the winners were six times, and the runner-up was eight times in 2000, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2013, 2017, 2018, and 2020. It is the club with the second most number of runner-ups after the Samsung Lions.
The team's main colors are navy and white and use red as a secondary color. From 1999 to 2009, he used yellow instead of red as a secondary color, and changed the team emblem in 2010, returning to the iconic dark navy and red combination during the original OB Bears.
Doosan Bears' mascot is 'Bear' and its name is Cheolwoong.
Bear's Day is a promotion which was introduced on July 24, 2007 and has continued ever since. It is held on the last Sunday of every month although it was held on Saturdays between 2004 and 2007.
Queen's Day is an event that started in the 2009 season which was specifically created to show the team's appreciation for their female fans and at the same time to encourage them to participate more when rooting for the team.
Player's Day is an event that started in the 2007 season, where for every Sunday home game, the players wear the franchise's original OB Bears uniforms. This event is intended to help the fans reminiscence about that period of the team's history. "Player's Day" also aims to bring together the fans and the team through a festive event, and is coordinated in various ways every season.
Mr. Doo Day is an event that started in the 2016 season which was specifically created to show the team's appreciation for their male fans and at the same time to encourage them to participate more when rooting for the team. "Mr. Doo Day" has discounted admission tickets and run a special fan service for male fans.
Workers' Day is an event that started in the 2010 season and is a special event for workers who account for nearly half of Doosan Bears fans. "Workers' Day" which is held on a particular Friday of every month, is a customized event for salaried workers. On Friday evening, when doing frequently company get-together, it was planned to create a healthy company get-together culture through various baseball park events.
|KBO||1||1/6||40||29||11||0||.725||.283||57||3.20||Won Korean Series vs. Samsung Lions (4–1–1)||Park Chul-soon (MVP)|
|1983||KBO||5||6/6||50||22||28||0||.440||.259||50||3.54||Did not qualify||Park Jong-hoon (ROTY)|
|1984||KBO||3||2/6||50||30||20||0||.600||.256||53||2.53||Did not qualify||Yun Seog-hwan (ROTY)|
|KBO||4||2/6||55||29||25||1||.537||.260||67||3.16||Did not qualify|
|KBO||3||5/7||54||23||29||2||.442||.249||38||2.61||Lost Playoff vs. Samsung Lions (2–3)|
|1987||KBO||3||2/7||54||30||22||2||.574||.261||30||3.26||Lost Playoff vs. Haitai Tigers (2–3)|
|1988||KBO||5||3/7||54||31||23||0||.574||.258||44||3.73||Did not qualify|
|1989||KBO||5||5/7||120||54||63||3||.463||.247||42||3.70||Did not qualify|
|1990||KBO||7||7/7||120||35||80||5||.313||.231||62||4.72||Did not qualify|
|1991||KBO||8||8/8||126||51||73||2||.413||.250||59||4.32||Did not qualify|
|1992||KBO||5||5/8||126||56||66||4||.460||.259||110||4.22||Did not qualify|
|1993||KBO||4||3/8||126||66||55||5||.544||.258||59||2.89||Lost Semi-playoff vs. LG Twins (1–2)|
|1994||KBO||7||7/8||126||53||72||1||.425||.246||75||3.46||Did not qualify|
|1995||KBO||1||1/8||126||74||47||5||.607||.266||106||3.42||Won Korean Series vs. Lotte Giants (4–3)||Kim Sang-ho (MVP)|
|1996||KBO||8||8/8||126||47||73||6||.397||.242||82||3.67||Did not qualify|
|1997||KBO||5||5/8||126||57||64||5||.472||.254||84||3.84||Did not qualify|
|1998||KBO||4||4/8||126||61||62||3||.496||.256||102||3.60||Lost Semi-playoff vs. LG Twins (0–2)||Tyrone Woods (MVP)|
|Dream League||4||1/4||132||76||51||5||.598||.284||141||4.58||Lost Playoff vs. Hanwha Eagles (0–4)||Hong Sung-heon (ROTY)|
|2000||Dream League||2||2/4||133||76||57||0||.571||.289||150||4.22||Won Playoff vs. LG Twins (4–2)
Lost Korean Series vs. Hyundai Unicorns (3–4)
|2001||KBO||1||3/8||133||65||63||5||.508||.276||130||4.96||Won Semi-playoff vs. Hanwha Eagles (2–0)
Won Playoff vs. Hyundai Unicorns (3–1)
Won Korean Series vs. Samsung Lions (4–2)
|2002||KBO||5||5/8||133||66||65||2||.504||.261||130||3.93||Did not qualify|
|2003||KBO||7||7/8||133||57||74||2||.435||.276||90||4.25||Did not qualify|
|2004||KBO||3||3/8||133||70||62||1||.530||.268||89||3.88||Won Semi-playoff vs. Kia Tigers (2–0)
Lost Playoff vs. Samsung Lions (1–3)
|2005||KBO||2||2/8||126||72||51||3||.585||.270||63||3.42||Won Playoff vs. Hanwha Eagles (3–0)
Lost Korean Series vs. Samsung Lions (0–4)
|2006||KBO||5||5/8||126||63||60||3||.512||.258||55||3.36||Did not qualify|
|2007||KBO||2||2/8||126||70||54||2||.565||.263||78||3.45||Won Playoff vs. Hanwha Eagles (3–0)
Lost Korean Series vs. SK Wyverns (2–4)
|Danny Rios (MVP) |
Im Tae-hoon (ROTY)
|2008||KBO||2||2/8||126||70||56||0||.556||.276||68||3.89||Won Playoff vs. Samsung Lions (4–2)
Lost Korean Series vs. SK Wyverns (1–4)
|2009||KBO||3||3/8||133||71||60||2||.534||.280||120||4.60||Won Semi-playoff vs. Lotte Giants (3–1)
Lost Playoff vs. SK Wyverns (2–3)
|Lee Yong-chan (ROTY)|
|2010||KBO||3||3/8||133||73||57||3||.562||.281||149||4.62||Won Semi-playoff vs. Lotte Giants (3–2)
Lost Playoff vs. Samsung Lions (2–3)
|Yang Eui-ji (ROTY)|
|2011||KBO||5||5/8||133||61||70||2||.466||.271||92||4.26||Did not qualify|
|2012||KBO||3||3/8||133||68||62||3||.523||.260||59||3.58||Lost Semi-playoff vs. Lotte Giants (1–3)|
|2013||KBO||2||4/9||128||71||54||3||.568||.289||95||4.57||Won Semi-playoff vs. Nexen Heroes (3–2)
Won Playoff vs. LG Twins (3–1)
Lost Korean Series vs. Samsung Lions (3–4)
|2014||KBO||6||6/9||128||59||68||1||.465||.293||108||5.44||Did not qualify|
|2015||KBO||1||3/10||144||79||65||0||.549||.290||140||5.03||Won Semi-playoff vs. Nexen Heroes (3–1)
Won Playoff vs. NC Dinos (3–2)
Won Korean Series vs. Samsung Lions (4–1)
|2016||KBO||1||1/10||144||93||50||1||.650||.298||183||4.46||Won Korean Series vs. NC Dinos (4–0)||Dustin Nippert (MVP)|
|2017||KBO||2||2/10||144||84||57||3||.596||.294||178||4.38||Won Playoff vs. NC Dinos (3–1)
Lost Korean Series vs. Kia Tigers (1–4)
|2018||KBO||2||1/10||144||93||51||0||.646||.309||191||4.98||Lost Korean Series vs. SK Wyverns (2–4)||Kim Jae-hwan (MVP)|
|2019||KBO||1||1/10||144||88||55||1||.615||.278||84||3.51||Won Korean Series vs. Kiwoom Heroes (4–0)||Josh Lindblom (MVP)|
|2020||KBO||2||3/10||144||79||61||4||.564||Won Semi-playoff vs. LG Twins (2–0)
Won Playoff vs. KT Wiz (3–1)
Lost Korean Series vs. NC Dinos (4–2)
The Bears have retired numbers 21 and 54. Number 21 is in honour of pitcher Park Chul-soon, who won the KBO League Most Valuable Player Award, the Pitching Triple Crown, and the Korean Series Most Valuable Player Award in 1982. The number 54 is in memory of catcher Kim Young-shin, who committed suicide while still a young player.
- As of end of the 2020 season
|1||Kim Yeong-duk||15 January 1982 – 8 August 1982||100||79||1||.559|
|2||Kim Sung-keun||24 December 1983 – 8 September 1988||274||250||10||.523|
|3||Lee Kwang-hwan||9 September 1988 – 19 June 1990||69||93||4||.426|
|4||Lee Jae-won||19 June 1990 – 11 July 1991||45||103||5||.304|
|5||Yun Dong-kyun||9 September 1991 – 1994||198||210||11||.485|
|6||Kim Yin-sik||21 September 1994 – 2003||579||556||33||.510|
|7||Kim Kyung-moon||10 October 2003 – 13 June 2011||512||432||16||.542|
|8||Kim Kwang-soo||13 June 2011 – 9 October 2011||38||38||0||.500|
|9||Kim Jin-wook||9 October 2011 – 27 November 2013||139||116||6||.544|
|10||Song Il-soo||27 November 2013 – 21 October 2014||59||68||1||.465|
|11||Kim Tae-hyoung||21 October 2014 – present||516||339||9||.604|
Note: Postseason statistics are not included, only results after the regular season.
- First half pennant winner.
- Latter half pennant winner.
- Dream League winners.
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