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First of their countrymen to play in MLB

Dovydas Neverauskas made his MLB debut on April 24, 2017, for the Pittsburgh Pirates, becoming the first player from Lithuana to play in the majors.
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Gift Ngoepe is the first player in major league history from Africa. Here’s a look at the first player from every country other than the United States represented in the majors since 1900:

Afghanistan: Jeff Bronkey (1993-95)

American Samoa: Tony Solaita (1968-79)

Aruba: Gene Kingsale (1996-2003)

Australia: Joe Quinn (1884-1901)

Austria: Joe Koukalik (1904)

Bahamas: Andre Rodgers (1957-67)

Belgium: Brian Lesher (1996-2002)

Belize: Chito Martinez (1991-93)

Brazil: Yan Gomes (2012-17)

Canada: Fred Lake (1891-1910)

China: Harry Kingman (1914)

Colombia: Lou Castro (1902)

Cuba: Chick Pedroes (1902)

Curacao: Hensley Meulens (1989-96)

Czech Republic: Frank Rooney (1914)

Denmark: Olaf Henriksen (1911)

Dominican Republic: Ozzie Virgil (1956-69)

Finland: John Michaelson (1921)

France: Claude Gouzzie (1903)

Germany: Pep Benninger (1902-09)

Greece: Al Campanis (1943)

Guam: John Hattig (2006)

Honduras: Gerald Young (1987-94)

Hong Kong: Austin Brice (2016-17)

Indonesia: Tom Mastny (2006-08)

Ireland: Mike O’Neil (1901-07)

Italy: Lou Polli (1932-44)

Jamaica: Chili Davis (1981-99)

Japan: Masanori Murakami (1964-65)

Latvia: Joe Zapustas (1933)

Lithuania: Dovydas Neverauskas (2017)

Mexico: Mel Almada (1933-39)

Netherlands: Jack Lelivelt (1909-14)

Nicaragua: Dennis Martinez (1976-98)

Norway: Jimmy Wiggs (1903-06)

Panama: Humberto Robinson (1955-60)

Philippines: Bobby Chouinard (1996-2001)

Poland: Henry Peploski (1929)

Puerto Rico: Hiram Bithorn (1942-47)

Russia: Jake Livingstone (1901)

Saudi Arabia: Craig Stansberry (2007-09)

Singapore: Robin Jennings (1996-2001)

Slovakia: Jack Quinn (1909-33)

South Korea: Chan Ho Park (1994-2010)

Spain: Al Cabrera (1913)

Sweden: Charlie Bold (1914)

Switzerland: Otto Hess (1902-1915)

Taiwan: Chin-Feng Chen (2002-05)

U.S. Virgin Islands: Joe Christopher (1959-66)

United Kingdom: Ted Lewis (1896-1901)

Venezuela: Alex Carrasquel (1939-49)

Vietnam: Danny Graves (1996-2006)

Note: Ed Porray, who played for Buffalo of the Federal League in 1914, is the only person with this designation on his birth certificate: “Born at sea, on ship on the Atlantic Ocean.” As such, he is the only major leaguer to not have a country as his place of birth.

Source: baseball-reference.com


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