With Daisuke Matsuzaka set to join the BoSox, now seems a good time to remember the sadly forgotten and quite amazing story of Masanori “Mashi” Murakami, the first Japanese player to pitch in the Majors. In 1964 and 1965, he was a dominating force for the San Francisco Giants. Alas, he did not remain in the US, and it would be 30 years before another Japanese player followed his path. The future looks quite a bit brighter for misters Matsuzaka and Igawa.
Remembering Mashi: Japan’s Jackie
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