Masanori Murakami was born on Saturday, May 6, 1944, in Otsuki, Yamanashi, Japan. Murakami was 20 years old when he broke into the big leagues on September 1, 1964, with the San Francisco Giants. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Masanori Murakami baseball stats page.
"If I had returned to the Major Leagues, I would have realized my dream, but I would have betrayed Mr. Tsuruoka (Nankai's Manager). Yet, because I kept my promise to Mr. Tsuruoka, I forever carry this sense of regret." - Masanori Murakami in Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game (Robert K. Fitts, Southern Illinois University Press, 03/01/ 2005, Page 92)
Masanori Murakami Autograph on a 2013 Baseball Magazine Anniversary Card (#84/90)
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Did you know that more than sixty Major League players were born in
, but on
September 1, 1964
, Masanori Murakami made his Major League debut and became the first Japanese player ever to play for a Major League team?
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What was Mashi feeling when he stepped on the mound during his Major League debut and how did he stay calm? The moment is vividly recalled by Murakami in Robert Fitts excellent book Remembering Japanese Baseball: An Oral History of the Game , Page 89, "I heard the stadium announcer say, 'Now pitching, Number 10 , Masanori Murakami.' And the door opened from the bullpen out onto the field. There were lights all-around - and forty thousand fans! To stay calm, I started humming the Sukiyaki song. Everybody in the stands was looking at me, so I hummed the song, and I walked out. I didn't run, because I had to stay calm. Once I got to the pitcher's mound, several of my teammates came over and watched me throw some practice pitches. Then the catcher and I confirmed the signs. I had decided that my first pitch was going to be a fastball to the outside corner. Tom Haller , the catcher, signled me to go with it. And I threw it - my first big league pitch. I remember still, I struck out the first batter, Charley Smith ."
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Appeared in Sports Illustrated / From Japan to America