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February 20, 2013


Rob Fitts

The expert of pre-war gaijin is Ralph Pearce of San Jose. Ralph's hasn't been able to find anything on Bonna yet

Gary Ashwill

Cool. I've seen the name Jimmy Bonna, but didn't realize he was African American. I don't think he is known in Negro league history--do you know very much about him?

Rob Fitts

The first African-American player to play professionally in Japan was actually Jimmy Bonna who played in 7 games for the 1936 Dai Tokyo team. Although he hit .458 he did not stay with the team and had little impact on the history of Japanese baseball.

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