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Happy Birthday, Warren Cromartie

FULLERTON, CA - JUNE 22:  Head coach Warren Cromartie of the Japan Samurai Bears reacts to his teammates during the game against the Fullerton Flyers at Godwin Field on June 22, 2005 in Fullerton, California. The Bears defeated the Flyers 9-6. Playing in an independent minor league, the Japan Samurai Bears are the first all Japanese team to play in an American league. Warren Cromartie, played 10 seasons in the major leagues and from 1984 through 1990 for the Tokyo Giants.  (Photo By Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Ron KaplanContributor ISeptember 29, 2010

Cro” was once considered a part of the best outfields in the game as a member of the Montreal Expos in the early 1980s.

Then Warren Cromartie made a name for himself—as well as a book—when he took his game to Japan.

He turns 57 today.

Slugging It Out in Japan: An American Major Leaguer in the Tokyo Outfield

(with Robert Whiting).

Cromartie was also the subject of Season of the Samurai, a documentary about the first all-foreign team to play in an American professional sports league. He served as manager for the Samurai Bears.

Bonus Nickname of the Day birthday: Hunky Shaw, born this date in 1884. His first ML game was his only ML game.

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