While on leave from the U.S. military in 1953, Paine and Leo Kiley became the first
U.S. major leaguers to play in the Japanese leagues. In nine games for the Nishitetsu
Lions, Paine was 4-3 with a 1.77 ERA. His only full season in the U.S. was 1956 with
the Cardinals, when in 46 relief appearances he was 5-1.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»August 23, 1953:
Phil Paine, a former Boston Braves pitcher on military service with the U.S. Air Force in Japan, becomes the first ex-ML player to play in Japan. He pitches in nine games for the Nishitetsu Lions: four wins, three losses, ERA 1.77.
»November 20, 1995: The Yankees trade minor league P Mike DeJean and a player to be named to the Rockies for C Joe Girardi. Girardi will solidify the catching for New York, while DeJean will set a ML mark for most appearances without a loss. He'll go 7–0 through 1998, while making 88 appearances, breaking a little-known mark set by Phil Paine. DeJean will be 2–4 in '99.