How many people can still remember that in 1968, Hongye Little League Team from Yanping Township in Taitung County defeated the world champion Japanese Kansai Little League Wakayama Team? This victory not only placed the remote Bunun village of Hongye on the map, but also started baseball fever throughout the whole country. Different levels of baseball teams were set up, and baseball started to flourish here. This created a foundation for baseball in Taiwan to reach professional status in the post-Japanese occupation era. Through local fervor and hard work, "Hongye Little League Memorial Hall" was built on the campus of Hongye Elementary School to commemorate the status of Hongye Little League Team in Taiwan’s baseball history. It formally opened to the public in 1992.
"Using stones for balls, bamboo sticks for bats, courageously facing the hot sun, defying the winds, not fearing the storms, working hard without complaint, strictly maintaining discipline, never losing heart despite constant setbacks." These short words vividly describe Hongye Little League team members of that time. It was during that age of severe poverty and lack of material possessions that this spirit of courage was displayed.
Hongye Little League Memorial Hall is a two-storey building. On the first floor, many cultural and historical memorabilia dating back to the first generation of Hongye Little League are on display. These include baseball equipment such as very ragged baseball outfits, boots, balls, gloves, and bats. They also include many different trophies from that time and many old photographs and newspaper clippings. There is also information on current professional Aboriginal baseball players. On the second floor, Bunun cultural and historical artifacts are displayed, providing information on the Bunun Aborigines’ traditional culture and current circumstances.
Address：No.1, Honggu Rd.,Hongye Village, Yanping Township, Taitung County 953, Taiwan (R.O.C.)