By Robert K. Fitts
In the spring of 1964, the Nankai Hawks of Japan’s Pacific League despatched nineteen-year-old Masanori Murakami to the category A Fresno Giants to enhance his abilities. to almost everyone’s shock, Murakami, referred to as Mashi, ruled the yankee hitters. With the San Francisco Giants stuck in an in depth pennant race and determined for a left-handed reliever, Masanori was once known as as much as sign up for the large league membership, changing into the 1st jap participant within the significant Leagues.
Featuring pinpoint regulate, a devastating curveball, and a pleasant smile, Mashi grew to become the Giants’ best lefty reliever and one of many team’s preferred players—as good as a countrywide hero in Japan. now not strangely, the Giants provided him a freelance for the 1965 season. Murakami signed, asserting that he will be extremely joyful to stick in San Francisco. there has been only one challenge: the Nankai Hawks nonetheless owned his contract.
The dispute over Murakami’s agreement may ignite a global incident that eventually avoided different jap gamers from becoming a member of the Majors for thirty years. Mashi is the tale of an not going hero who will get stuck up in an American and eastern baseball dispute and is pressured to select from his desires within the usa or his responsibility in Japan.
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Mashi: The Unfulfilled Baseball Dreams of Masanori Murakami, the First Japanese Major Leaguer by Robert K. Fitts