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First Major League Player to Play in Japan

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Who was the first former Major League Baseball player to play in Japan?

Trivia Question Answer

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Phil Paine, who made his major league debut with the Boston Braves in 1951, pitched 9 games with the Nishitetsu Lions in Nippon Professional Baseball in 1953. He came back to the states to play with the Milwaukee Braves (1954-1957) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1958).