List of First Major League Baseball Players by Country

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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 as of May 2018.

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 5
Australia Joe Quinn 1884 30
Austria Dutch Ulrich 1925 5
Austria-Hungary Frank Rooney 1914 1
Bahamas Ormond Sampson 1932 6
Belgium Brian Lesher 1996 1
Brazil Yan Gomes 2012 5
British Honduras Chito Martinez 1991 1
Canada Tom Smith 1875 250
Canary Islands Al Cabrera 1913 1
China Harry Kingman 1914 1
Colombia Luis Castro 1902 20
Cuba Steve Bellan 1871 201
Curaçao Hensley Meulens 1989 15
Czechoslovakia John Stedronsky 1879 3
Denmark Olaf Henriksen 1911 1
Dominican Republic Pedro San 1926 717
England George Hall/Harry Wright 1871 32
Finland John Michaelson 1921 1
France Larry Ressler 1875 7
Germany David Lenz/Marty Swandell 1872 29
Greece Al Campanis 1943 1
Guam John Hattig 2006 1
Honduras Gerald Young 1987 1
Hong Kong Austin Brice 2016 1
Indonesia Tom Mastny 2006 1
Ireland Andy Leonard 1871 47
Italy Lou Polli 1932 7
Jamaica* Oscar Levis 1923 4
Japan Masanori Murakami 1964 66
Latvia Joe Zapustas 1933 1
Lithuania Dovydas Neverauskas 2017 1
Mexico Mel Almada 1933 125
the Netherlands Rynie Wolters 1871 12
Nicaragua Dennis Martinez 1976 14
Northern Ireland P.J. Conlon 2018 1
Norway John Anderson 1894 3
Okinawa Bobby Fenwick 1972 1
Panama Victor Greenidge? 1941 60
Peru Jesus Luzardo 2019 1
the Philippines Claudio Manela 1921 1
Poland Henry Peploski 1929 5
Portugal Frank Thompson 1875 1
Puerto Rico José Torres 1926 264
Russia Jake Gettman 1897 8
Saudi Arabia Craig Stansberry 2007 2
Scotland Jim McCormick 1878 8
Singapore Robin Jennings 1996 1
South Africa Gift Ngoepe 2017 1
South Korea Chan Ho Park 1994 23
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 14
Ukraine Bill Cristall 1901 3
United States Bobby Mathews 1871 16,751
United States Virgin Islands* Alfonso Gerard 1945 14
Venezuela Alex Carrasquel 1939 382
Wales Peter Morris 1884 3
West Germany Rob Belloir 1975 13