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Spotlight – Celebrity Baseball

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How are Joo Jin Mo, Jang Dong Gun, Jung Woo Sung, and Hyun Bin connected? They all play for the same celebrity baseball team!

Playboys (May '06)

Playboys, Spring '06

Playboys is the name of the team that was borne by actor Kim Seung Woo’s suggestion.  The Playboys played their first game in May of 2006 with Zo In Sung, Kong Hyeong Jin, Gong Yoo, Ji Jin Hee, and Gang Dong Won as some of the famous names on the roster. The team is large enough to be divided into two (white vs. black) for the purposes of playing against each other.

Playboys' first match, May '06

Playboys' first match, May '06

Just yesterday (March 1), the team participated in a match against the MBC Actors (MBC 연기자), which was sponsored by the Korea Business Baseball Federation. Although Jang Dong Gun’s condition prevented him from attending and demonstrating his 120 km/hour fastball, the Playboys were victorious. Ji Jin Hee was awarded the MVP award. The team continues to be managed by Kim Seung Woo.

Playboys, '06-'09

Playboys, '06-'09

Although the Playboys team has the highest celebrity status, there are several other entertainers’ baseball teams – Jemisama, Han, and Zomazoma.


Jemisama (재미삼아), managed by singer Kim Gun Mo, is likely second place in the fame game. Team captain is Kim Gun Mo’s close friend, actor Ahn Jae Wook. Some of the celebrity athletes are actors Cha Tae Hyun, Lee Sung Jin, and Jung Tae Woo, MCs Tak Jae Hoon and Kim Jae Dong, singer Hong Kyung Min, and comedian Kim Sang Ho.

The team left for Osaka, Japan on the 27 of February for a friendly competition with the Hanshin Tigers’ OB (old boys – retired players) team. They lost their match 8-9 on February 28. For the past five years, Jemisama has participated in  goodwill games in Taiwan and Japan.

Jemisama - Ahn Jae Wook & Cha Tae Hyun, February '09

Jemisama - Ahn Jae Wook & Cha Tae Hyun, February '09


Jemisama, February '09


Han (한) is a strong team that includes MCs Yoo Jae Suk, Lee Hwi Jae, Yoon Jong Shin in its line-up. Jung Joon Ha of Infinity Challenge is the team captain. The team won most of its games played last year from March to November. It also divides into two parts to play friendly matches against each other occasionally – on March 16 of 2008, a match was held between “Good-looking team” and “Ugly team”. (Lee Hwi Jae and Jung Joon Ha were on opposing teams for that game.) There is a team photographer, record keeper, and coaching staff.

Han - Jung Joon Ha, Yoo Jae Suk, Lee Hwi Jae

Han - Jung Joon Ha, Yoo Jae Suk, Lee Hwi Jae


ZomaZoma (조마조마) was established in 2003. Current players include Park Sang Won, Jung Bo Suk, and Lee Moon Se.




Some other baseball teams within the entertainment/broadcasting industry are MBC Actors, LG Home Shopping, KBS Staff, and Albatross.  Model-turned-actors Kim Sung Su and Oh Ji Ho play for Albatross (알바트로스). Recently, some team members participated in outdoor community service on a day that was -10 degrees. They play together; they work together!

Albatross' community service, January '09

Albatross' community service, January '09


KP’s note: According to their jerseys, Jang Dong Gun should be Jang Dong Kun and Gong Yoo is actually Kong Yoo. However, they are spelled with G’s (not K’s) on their websites, and I haven’t seen any other bloggers spell their names with a K. Hmmm….what to do, what to do?




In case you’re interested, here’s a commercial – plus the makings of, which are even better – starring five of the Playboys (Lee Jong Hyeuk, Jang Dong Gun, Kong Hyeong Jin, Hwang Jung Min, and Kim Seung Woo). It was for SK Telecom, and encouraged people to cheer for Korea in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The clips show how much fun the guys seem to have together!


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  1. i wish i am a playboy manager hahahhaha.. i will force them to play every week hahahahahaha.. too bad Zo in sung and Gongyoo are in army..

    Soon to be in army Gang dong Won and hyun bin


    April 20, 2009 at 8:01 am

  2. LOL! love them especially the coughing and hyper Jang dong Gun. he must really love the sport! I play Softball and Baseball too!


    May 11, 2009 at 4:03 am

  3. i love Jemisama team….
    Ahn Jae Wook….saranghaeyo.. :))


    February 23, 2012 at 1:43 pm

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