WASHINGTON — Growing up as childhood friends in the Bahamas, Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Lucius Fox have spoken of one day reaching the majors together.

On Wednesday night, they shared a pitch as major league starters — Chisholm at second base for the Miami Marlins, Fox at shortstop for the Washington Nationals. They are the first pair of Bahamas-born players to appear in the same Major League Baseball game since 1961.

“It was a super important day for me,” Chisholm said after Miami’s 2-1 win over Washington.

“I just can’t wait to see what we have in the future,” he said.

Chisholm, who reached the major leagues in 2020, started the game with a single and ended up going 2 for 3. Fox, a rookie, was 0-for-4 and is still looking for his first hit in the majors.

“I was really looking for him to get his first hit — then throw it to second base,” Chisholm said with a smile. “Like, ‘Hey! Great success! And now you have to go again.'”

Both players are 24 years old and hail from Nassau, Bahamas. The country has a population of around 400,000 and nine Bahamian-born players have played in the majors.

According to the Nationals, who cited the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other pair of Bahamians to play in the same game were Andre Rodgers and Tony Curry, who faced each other six times in the 1960 and 1961 seasons.

“If not all of it, a lot of the Bahamas was watching tonight,” Fox said. “I hope we were able to inspire some kids to play baseball and just inspire people to take that leap. The world has a lot to offer, and you can’t be afraid to take a risk and bet on yourself. . So hopefully we’ve inspired people in the Bahamas to do that tonight.”

Chisholm said the two had known each other since they were 3 or 4 years old, played little league together, and lived together for a few years in their early teens. They hold an annual youth baseball clinic at their home.

On Tuesday, after Fox missed the Miami-Washington series opener, the two friends met for a meal and a chance to catch up.

Chisholm thinks they’ll trade jerseys on Thursday.

“We made history tonight,” he said, “so why not?”