Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese player in MLB history, throws out first pitch for Giants
50 years ago this September, pitcher Masanori Murakami made his debut for the Giants in a game against the Mets. He appeared in the eighth inning, striking out two and allowing no runs. Oh, and he also became the first Japanese-born player to play in the Majors.
During Japanese Heritage Night on Thursday, the Giants invited the legend to throw out the first pitch at AT&T Park -- and Murakami showed he still had some gas left in the tank. Check out the video up top to see him throw a great strike (while wearing a coat and tie, no less).
The southpaw only spent two seasons in the U.S., but in doing so, paved the way for future Japanese stars such as Masahiro Tanaka: