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Reinder Albertus Wolters

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Rynie Wolters was the first Dutch MLB player, if one considers the National Association as a major league. He played in 1871 for the New York Mutuals as their main pitcher in the first season that the National Association existed. However, he had pitched for the Mutuals prior to the existence of the National Association, throwing a celebrated shut-out in 1870 for the Mutuals against the Chicago White Stockings.

He was already 28 years old in 1871 when the National Association started. He didn't die until 1917, which means that he might have lived to see Babe Ruth pitch or Ty Cobb hit.

Wolters was also the best hitter for the Mutuals in 1871.

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