How MLB’s First Japanese Player Made it to Big Leagues


On September 1, 1964, San Francisco Giants pitcher Masanori “Mashi” Murakami became the first Japanese-born player to play in a Major League Baseball game. But a dispute between the trailblazer’s Japanese team and the Giants following his historic season effectively shut the door to the majors for players from his home country for nearly three decades.

Still, Murakami made a significant impact on the game in only two seasons in the big leagues, says Robert K. Fitts, author of Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer.


Source link