Ichiro, Hideki Matsui and the 5 Best Japanese-Born MLB Players Ever

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Ichiro, Hideki Matsui and the 5 Best Japanese-Born MLB Players Ever
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On September 1, 1964 Pitcher Masonari Murakami became the first Japanese-born Major League Baseball player. Murakami played for the Giants for just a year before the Nankei Hawks took him back. For 30 years, there was not another Japanese born layer until Hideo Nomo made his Major League debut for the Los Angeles Dodgers in February 1995.

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