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07-12-2007, 10:33 PM
Posted By: <b>Andrew</b><p>1965 Topps/OPC #282 has the distinction of depicting one of the following:<br />the first player born in Japan to play in the majors<br />the first Japanese player on a baseball card<br />other <br /><br />Anyone know the significance of Masanori Murakami? Not a trivia question, I'd like to know.<br /><br /><img src="http://photos.imageevent.com/littletreasures/baseball/websize/1965%20OPC%20Murakami%20PSA%208.jpg"><br><br>"Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame." -- Erica Jong

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07-12-2007, 10:43 PM
Posted By: <b>Randy Trierweiler</b><p>First Japanese born ballplayer to play in Major Leagues, and 1st to appear on a baseball card.

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07-12-2007, 10:46 PM
Posted By: <b>Eric</b><p>Heres a cool little blurb about him on Wikipedia:<br /><br /><a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masanori_Murakami" target="_new" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masanori_Murakami</a>

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07-12-2007, 10:53 PM
Posted By: <b>Andrew</b><p>Much thanks.<br><br>"Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame." -- Erica Jong

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07-13-2007, 12:23 AM
Posted By: <b>Bruce Babcock</b><p>I saw him play with the Fresno Giants of the California League. 1963, I think.

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07-13-2007, 02:31 AM
Posted By: <b>Ken W.</b><p>Weren't there Japanese baseball cards produced earlier than 1965? Or do ya'll mean Major League BB cards?<br /><br />edited to add: I think I answered my own question!

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07-13-2007, 10:54 AM
Posted By: <b>Andrew</b><p>Good question...and answer. :--)<br><br>"Take your life in your own hands and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame." -- Erica Jong

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07-13-2007, 12:12 PM
Posted By: <b>peter chao</b><p>Both the '65 O-Pee-Chee and '65 Topps Murakami cards have become a fairly hot item in the Bay Area.<br /><br />Peter