1995 Korean Series

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The 1995 Korean Series was the 13th Korean Series. The OB Bears, winners of the first Korean Series, took their second and last title, beating the Lotte Giants in a 7-game affair.

OB, managed by In-sik Kim, had finished first in the 1995 KBO regular season at 74-47-5. They boasted the KBO MVP, Sang-ho Kim (.272/.335/.474, a league-high 25 HR and 101 RBI) as well as the top 2B, Myung-soo Lee (.290/.357/.394), SS (Min-ho Kim (.288/.353/.378, 47 SB) and DH Hyeong-seok Kim (.270/.318/.418). Jung-soo Shim (.282/.344/.508, 21 HR), Do-hyeong Lee (.290/.333/.481) and Jong-seok Kim (.299/.355/.435) all hit well also. Yong-ho Lee (3-5, 10 Sv, 1.95), Sang-jin Kim (17-7, 2.11) and Myeong-cheol Kwon (15-8, 2.47) were the top pitchers.

For Lotte (guided by Yong-hee Kim), they had gone 68-53-5 to finish third in the regular season, but topped the LG Twins in the playoffs. They only had one player voted the best at his position, OF Jun-ho Jeon (.308/.393/.395, a league-leading 69 steals). Weong-guk Kim (.299/.394/.426, 31 SB), Hae-young Ma (.275/.359/.460, 18 HR, 87 RBI) and Jong-tae Park (.337/.408/.472 in 50 G). Seok-jin Park (5-3, 14 Sv, 1.50) and Jong-seok Yeom (7-7, 2.98) were their best hurlers.

The Series began October 14, with Lotte winning, 4-2, Yeom getting the win, Sang-jin Kim the loss and Sang-hyun Kim a save. The next day, OB evened it with Kwon beating Hyeong-kwang Ju, 2-1. On October 17, the Bears won again, 5-2, Yong-ho Lee beating Sang-hyun Kim. On the 18th, Lotte evened it with a 3-2 win, Kwang-hyun Kim beating Si-jin Kim. On October 20, the Giants moved one win away with a 7-6 win, again going to Kwang-hyun Kim. Shim hit a 3-run homer in a losing effort. On October 21, OB stayed alive, 4-1, with Pil-jung Jin winning and Yeom losing. In Game 7, the first game 7 since the 1984 Korean Series, OB won again, 4-2. Si-jin Kim got the win, Hak-kil Yoon the loss and Kwon a save. Ma homered for the losing side.

The Korean Series MVP was Min-ho Kim, who set a Series record with 12 hits.

Primary Source: Korean Wikipedia