Cro” was once considered a part of the best outfields in the game as a member of the Montreal Expos in the early 1980s.

Then Warren Cromartie made a name for himself—as well as a book—when he took his game to Japan.

He turns 57 today.

Slugging It Out in Japan: An American Major Leaguer in the Tokyo Outfield (with Robert Whiting).

Cromartie was also the subject of Season of the Samurai, a documentary about the first all-foreign team to play in an American professional sports league. He served as manager for the Samurai Bears.

Bonus Nickname of the Day birthday: Hunky Shaw, born this date in 1884. His first ML game was his only ML game.

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