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Masanori Murakami

Masanori Murakami

Masanori "Mashi" Murakami is a former pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. He is notable for being the first Japanese player ever to play for a Major League team. Sent over to the United States by the Nankai Hawks, Murakami saw success as a reliever for the Giants, debuting at the age of 20 in 1964. In 1965, he struck out over one batter per inning pitched, posted an ERA under 4 and earned eight saves. Following this season, however, Murakami headed...

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#14 of 52 The Greatest Japanese MLB Players Of All Time 434 votes Ichiro. Godzilla. Nomo. Japanese players have been making an impact in Major League Baseball for nearly three decades. This ...