Japanese Rookies

by EbeSPN - 39 cards (Last updated on Sep. 26, 2016)

1. 1965 Topps #282 Giants Rookies - Dick Estelle / Masanori Murakami

Before 1964 Season: Signed by the San Francisco Giants as an amateur free agent.

2. 1994 Ultra #425 Mac Suzuki

September 5, 1993: Purchased by the Seattle Mariners from San Bernardino (California).

3. 1995 Topps Traded & Rookies #40T Hideo Nomo

February 8, 1995: Signed as a Free Agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

4. 1997 Upper Deck #550 Hideki Irabu

January 13, 1997: Purchased by the San Diego Padres from Chiba Lotte Marines (Japan Pacific).

May 29, 1997: the San Diego Padres sent Hideki Irabu to the New York Yankees to complete an earlier deal made on April 22, 1997. April 22, 1997: The San Diego Padres sent players to be named later, Gordie Amerson (minors) and Homer Bush to the New York Yankees for Rafael Medina, Ruben Rivera and $3,000,000.


5. 1997 Collector's Choice #258 Shigetoshi Hasegawa

January 24, 1997: Purchased by the Anaheim Angels from Orix (Japan Pacific).

6. 1998 Upper Deck #551 Masato Yoshii

January 13, 1998: Signed as a Free Agent with the New York Mets.

7. 2000 Bowman #259 Tomo Ohka

November 20, 1998: Purchased by the Boston Red Sox from Yokohama Bay Stars (Japan Central).

8. 2000 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #58 Kazuhiro Sasaki

December 18, 1999: Signed by the Seattle Mariners as an amateur free agent.

9. 2001 Topps #726 Ichiro Suzuki

November 30, 2000: Purchased by the Seattle Mariners from Orix (Japan Pacific).

10. 2001 Topps #725 Tsuyoshi Shinjo

December 11, 2000: Purchased by the New York Mets from Hanshin Tigers (Japan Central).



Mar. 24, 2016 - 1:20AM
Mac Suzuki is 1995 for his rookie.
Sep. 27, 2016 - 3:28PM
Interesting list. Once I saw the first card from 1965, I was pretty sure that Masanori Murakami had to be the first Japanese player to play with a Major League Baseball team. I looked that up, and found out that he was.

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