2019 American League Debuts

Willie Mays played his first Major League game on May 25, 1951, and went 0-for-5 at the plate. He started his career 1-for-25 and told his manager, "I can't do it, Mr. Leo. You better bench me."

Casey Stengel played his first Major League game on July 27, 1912, and went 4-for-4 at the plate. He commented later in his life, "I broke in with four hits and the writers promptly decided they had seen the new Ty Cobb. It took me only a few days to correct that impression."

Both Mays and Stengel would continue their Major League careers down separate paths of greatness, but each still had to appear in that memorable first Major League game. Baseball Almanac is pleased to present what Cubs broadcaster Steve Stone once described as, "His first Major League debut."

"There is no Major League record held by a rookie. It's revealing to see just how far the rookie marks are below the single season marks. This is a testament to how difficult the game is to learn and play." - Luke Salisbury in The Answer is Baseball (1989)
2019 American League Debuts

2019 A.L. Rookies | 2019 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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03-28-2019
25
52
04-20-2019
27
1
03-28-2019
24
71
04-03-2019
27
23
04-20-2019
23
63
04-23-2019
22
65, 56
04-23-2019
24
73
06-07-2019
24
72
05-29-2019
26
38
06-19-2019
24
74
03-28-2019
22
59
05-25-2019
25
40
06-23-2019
23
66
06-22-2019
24
35
05-14-2019
24
65
05-28-2019
24
63
05-25-2019
29
7
03-28-2019
27
50
03-29-2019
26
66
05-07-2019
24
63
05-11-2019
29
65
05-11-2019
24
44
06-09-2019
21
61
06-14-2019
24
29
05-12-2019
23
9
05-27-2019
28
11
05-28-2019
26
2
06-20-2019
25
51
03-31-2019
26
47
04-27-2019
24
1
05-14-2019
24
55
04-09-2019
23
25
03-28-2019
26
45
03-31-2019
27
47
04-30-2019
22
60
04-25-2019
29
4
04-25-2019
22
54
06-02-2019
21
25
05-15-2019
25
2
05-18-2019
22
80
06-08-2019
27
19
03-31-2019
30
71
06-19-2019
25
31
05-28-2019
23
30
04-21-2019
23
36
04-18-2019
26
74
04-10-2019
27
49
05-03-2019
25
56
04-12-2019
27
5
03-21-2019
25
65
03-21-2019
27
18
03-21-2019
27
39
05-11-2019
23
37
05-12-2019
28
64
05-20-2019
24
25
03-20-2019
26
23
06-16-2019
29
61
06-08-2019
27
50
04-11-2019
25
40
05-12-2019
29
43
06-23-2019
25
35
04-29-2019
23
38
06-08-2019
25
55
03-28-2019
25
43
03-28-2019
26
46
06-09-2019
25
63
04-25-2019
24
68
04-23-2019
25
59
04-19-2019
23
62
06-08-2019
24
45
06-25-2019
26
67
06-08-2019
27
8
05-24-2019
24
27
04-26-2019
20
65
03-31-2019
19
68
06-12-2019
26
57
03-31-2019
25
62
05-27-2019
25
2019 American League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 2019 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Ray Jansen (four for five in his first game), Aubrey Epps (three for four in his first game) and Ed Irwin (two for three in his first game) all finished their career with lifetime batting averages which were greater than their career fielding percentages.

Five-for-five debuts? Believe it or not it has happened twice: On June 30, 1894 Fred Clarke of the Louisville Colonels and on May 16, 1933, Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators made their Major League debuts and both went five-for-five at the plate.

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