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The following is a list of the first Major League Baseball player from each country that has produced a player. Listed are the country, player, debut year of the player, and total number of players from that country to play in the MLB through the 2007 season.

For the first players signed by a MLB team to a contract from various countries, see the List of first players to sign with a MLB team from different countries.

Nation Player Debut Year Total Players
Afghanistan Jeff Bronkey 1993 1
American Samoa Tony Solaita 1968 1
Aruba Gene Kingsale 1996 4
Australia Joe Quinn 1884 19
Austria Dutch Ulrich 1925 2
Austria-Hungary Frank Rooney 1914 1
Bahamas Andre Rodgers 1957 5
Belgium Brian Lesher 1996 1
Brazil Yan Gomes 2012 2
British Honduras Chito Martinez 1991 1
Canada Tom Smith 1875 205
Canary Islands Al Cabrera 1913 1
China Harry Kingman 1914 1
Colombia Luis Castro 1902 7
Cuba Steve Bellan 1871 152
Curaçao Hensley Meulens 1989 5
Czechoslovakia John Stedronsky 1879 3
Dominican Republic Ozzie Virgil 1956 410
Denmark Olaf Henriksen 1911 1
England George Hall/Harry Wright 1871 32
Finland John Michaelson 1921 1
France Larry Ressler 1875 8
Germany David Lenz/Marty Swandell 1872 29
Greece Al Campanis 1943 1
Honduras Gerald Young 1987 1
Indonesia Tom Mastny 2006 1
Ireland Andy Leonard 1871 41
Italy Lou Polli 1932 6
Jamaica Chili Davis 1981 3
Japan Masanori Murakami 1964 32
Mexico Mel Almada 1933 98
the Netherlands Rynie Wolters 1871 7
Nicaragua Dennis Martinez 1976 8
Norway John Anderson 1894 3
Okinawa Bobby Fenwick 1972 1
Puerto Rico Hi Bithorn 1942 215
Panama Humberto Robinson 1955 45
the Philippines Bobby Chouinard 1996 1
Poland Henry Peploski 1929 4
Russia Jake Gettman 1897 5
Saudi Arabia Craig Stansberry 2007 1
Scotland Jim McCormick 1878 8
Singapore Robin Jennings 1996 1
South Korea Chan Ho Park 1994 12
South Vietnam Danny Graves 1996 1
Spain Bryan Oelkers 1983 3
Sweden Charlie Hallstrom 1885 4
Switzerland Otto Hess 1902 1
Taiwan Chin-Feng Chen 2002 4
Ukraine Bill Cristall 1901 3
United States Bobby Mathews 1871 14580
United States Virgin Islands* Joe Christopher 1959 10
Venezuela Alex Carrasquel 1939 181
West Germany Rob Belloir 1975 13
Wales Peter Morris 1884 3
  • - Valmy Thomas was born in Puerto Rico because there was better hospital care there, but his parents were from the Virgin Islands and returned there right after his birth. He preceded Joe Christopher to the majors.
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