First Foreign Born Major League Baseball Players

The First Player From Each Country to Play Major League Baseball

Foreign born baseball players have had a rich history in Major League Baseball and the numbers of players on major league rosters has been rising steadily during the previous century.

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive chart with the first baseball player born in a country or territory other than the United States listed with details about their Major League debut.

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"For starting pitchers we have two Dominicans, one Italian, one Mexican, and one Japanese. In the bullpen we have a Venezuelan, a Mexican, a guy from the United States, and a guy from St. Louis." - Manager Tommy Lasorda

Famous First Foreign Born Baseball Players

In Alphabetical Order By Country and/or Territory | Birthplace Analysis

Texas Rangers
AL
New York Yankees
AL
Baltimore Orioles
AL
04-26-1884
St. Louis Maroons
UA
St. Louis Cardinals
NL
New York Giants
NL
Oakland Athletics
AL
Toronto Blue Jays
AL
Baltimore Orioles
AL
05-06-1876
Chicago White Stockings
NL
Cincinnati Reds
NL
07-01-1914
New York Yankees
AL
04-23-1902
Philadelphia Athletics
AL
07-04-1911
Cincinnati Reds
NL
New York Yankees
AL
Philadelphia Athletics
AL
08-11-1911
Boston Red Sox
AL
New York Giants
NL
04-24-1876
New York Mutuals
NL
Chicago White Sox
AL
07-21-1895
Washington Senators
NL
08-13-1884
Detroit Wolverines
NL
Brooklyn Dodgers
NL
Toronto Blue Jays
AL
Houston Astros
NL
Cleveland Indians
AL
04-22-1876
Boston Red Caps
NL
St. Louis Browns
AL
San Francisco Giants
NL
San Francisco Giants
NL
Pittsburgh Pirates
NL
Boston Red Sox
AL
09-11-1894
Chicago Colts
NL
Baltimore Orioles
AL
09-08-1894
Brooklyn Bridegrooms
NL
Milwaukee Braves
NL
Oakland Athletics
AL
Boston Braves
NL
Chicago Cubs
NL
08-20-1897
Washington Senators
NL
San Diego Padres
NL
05-20-1878
Indianapolis Browns
NL
Chicago Cubs
NL
Pittsburgh Pirates
NL
Los Angeles Dodgers
NL
Cleveland Indians
AL
05-16-1913
St. Louis Cardinals
NL
09-23-1885
Providence Grays
NL
08-03-1902
Cleveland Indians
AL
Los Angeles Dodgers
NL
Washington Senators
AL
Pittsburgh Pirates
NL
07-06-1896
Brooklyn Bridegrooms
NL
First Foreign Born MLB Players | Research by Baseball Almanac, Inc.
Key: † = U.S. Commonwealth and * = U.S. Territory
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baseball almanac fast facts

Baseball Almanac does not recognize those who played in the National Association (1871-1875) as "Major League players." Some resources/books do. If you do then the first player from Cuba was Esteban Bellan who made his debut on May 9, 1871, with the Troy Haymakers.

Did you know that during the late 1800s at least seven Canadians altered their birth certificates so they could play baseball and avoid the restrictions set forth by the 1894 Alien Exemption Act?

Ed Porray of the Buffalo Buffeds made his Major League debut on April 17, 1914 and his place of birth is listed as "At Sea - On Atlantic Ocean " — another first.

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