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Masanori Murakami, the first Japanese player in MLB history, throws out first pitch for Giants

'Mashi' Murakami delivers great first pitch

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:

Tanaka, split

Yu Darvish:


and Ichiro:


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