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List of countries with their first Major League Baseball player

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In 1956, Ozzie Virgil Sr. became the first player born in the Dominican Republic to appear in a major league game.
In 1956, Ozzie Virgil Sr. became the first player born in the Dominican Republic to appear in a major league game.

The following is a list of countries with their first Major League Baseball player. Listed are each country that at least one current or former major league player was born in, along with the name of the first person born in that country to play in a major league game, and the year and sports league of that player's major league debut.

Background

The globalization of baseball has been occurring since its inception. After an influx of players from western Europe in early years, the major leagues came to see fewer European players and more players from Latin America. Players born in over 50 countries and on every continent except Antarctica have now appeared in major league games. Considerations:

  • The players listed are not necessarily the first citizen of a country to play in a major league game, as nationality is determined under a country's nationality law and may differ.
  • The list does not reflect where players grew up and learned to play baseball.
    • Some players on the list, despite their birth location, are or were Americans or Canadians who returned to their parents' home country as children and were raised there. One example is Harry Kingman, who was born in China but grew up in California.
    • Many European-born players on the list moved to North America as children. For example, the first person born in Italy to play in the major leagues, Lou Polli in 1932, moved with his family to Vermont at seven months of age.[c]

List

Listed players appeared in at least one game of a professional baseball major league (commonly referred to as Major League Baseball, although that entity did not exist before 1903), which encompasses:

Note that the status of the National Association as a major league is in dispute.[1] National Association players are included in the major league records of sites such as Baseball-Reference.com and Retrosheet, thus are also included here.

The European countries highlighted in blue have had a least one player born there play in a major league game, through the 2019 season.
The European countries highlighted in blue have had a least one player born there play in a major league game, through the 2019 season.
Country Player Debut Ref.
Year League
Afghanistan Jeff Bronkey 1993 American League [2]
American Samoa Tony Solaita 1968 American League [3]
Aruba Gene Kingsale 1996 American League [4]
at sea Ed Porray 1914 Federal League [5]
Australia Joe Quinn 1884 Union Association [6]
Austria Joe Koukalik 1904 National League [7]
Bahamas Andre Rodgers 1957 National League [8]
Belgium Brian Lesher 1996 American League [9]
Belize Chito Martinez 1991 American League [10]
Brazil Yan Gomes 2012 American League [11]
Canada Bob Addy 1871 National Association [12]
China Harry Kingman 1914 American League [13]
Colombia Lou Castro 1902 American League [14]
Cuba Steve Bellán 1871 National Association [15]
Curaçao Hensley Meulens 1989 American League [16]
Czech Republic John Stedronsky 1879 National League [17]
Denmark Olaf Henriksen 1911 American League [18]
Dominican Republic Ozzie Virgil Sr. 1956 National League [19]
Finland John Michaelson 1921 American League [20]
France Larry Ressler 1875 National Association [21]
Germany George Heubel 1871 National Association [22]
Greece Al Campanis 1943 National League [23]
Guam John Hattig 2006 American League [24]
Honduras Gerald Young 1987 National League [25]
Hong Kong Austin Brice 2016 National League [26]
Indonesia Tom Mastny 2006 American League [27]
Ireland Andy Leonard 1871 National Association [28]
Italy Lou Polli 1932 American League [29]
Jamaica Chili Davis 1981 National League [30]
Japan Masanori Murakami 1964 National League [31]
Latvia Joe Zapustas 1933 American League [32]
Lithuania Dovydas Neverauskas 2017 National League [33]
Mexico Mel Almada 1933 American League [34]
Netherlands Rynie Wolters 1871 National Association [35]
Nicaragua Dennis Martínez 1976 American League [36]
Norway John Anderson 1894 National League [37]
Panama Humberto Robinson 1955 National League [38]
Peru Jesús Luzardo 2019 American League [39]
Philippines Bobby Chouinard 1996 American League [40]
Poland Skel Roach 1899 National League [41]
Portugal Frank Thompson 1875 National Association [42]
Puerto Rico Hiram Bithorn 1942 National League [43]
Russia Jake Gettman 1897 National League [44]
Saudi Arabia Craig Stansberry 2007 National League [45]
Singapore Robin Jennings 1996 National League [46]
Slovakia Jack Quinn 1909 American League [47]
South Africa Gift Ngoepe 2017 National League [48]
South Korea Chan Ho Park 1994 National League [49]
Spain Al Cabrera 1913 National League [50]
Sweden Charlie Hallstrom 1885 National League [51]
Switzerland Otto Hess 1902 American League [52]
Taiwan Chin-Feng Chen 2002 National League [53]
United Kingdom George Halldagger 1871 National Association [54]
Harry Wrightdagger
United States multiple playersdouble-dagger 1871 National Association [55]
U.S. Virgin Islands Joe Christopher 1959 National League [56]
Venezuela Alex Carrasquel 1939 American League [57]
Vietnam Danny Graves 1996 American League [58]

double-dagger Hall and Wright both made their debut on May 5, 1871.
double-dagger There were 18 players–all born in the United States–in the first game of the National Association, played on May 4, 1871.[55][59]

Notes

  1. ^ This approach is consistent with that of the Hockey Hall of Fame, generally followed for purposes of nationality classification in ice hockey, which classifies players by the currently existing countries in which their birthplaces are located.
  2. ^ A notable example is Al Campanis, the first Greek major league player; when he was born in 1916, his birthplace–the Greek island of Kos–was part of the Kingdom of Italy; Kos has been part of Greece since 1947.
  3. ^ The first player born and raised in Italy to appear in the major leagues was Alex Liddi in 2011.

See also

References

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