In 1954, Barbón was a farmhand for the Brooklyn Dodger’s Class C team, but the infielder was soon given his release. Then Minoru Murakami came calling, he was in need of a negro player for the Hankyu Braves of the Nippon League and Barbón fit the bill. With a little help from the Harlem Globetrotters owner at the time Abe Saperstein, the infielder was on his way to Japan via a three day flight, which was an odyssey in itself.
In 1965 the second baseman retired and he worked for the Orix Buffaloes, until his death in March of this year, but his legacy in Asian baseball will never be forgotten. What was thought to be a pit stop for Barbón turned out to be a lifetime of memories and a dignified career.