2019 National 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 a certain amount of fascination to the big league debut of any athlete. Sometimes they are incredible successes. Sometimes they are frenetic failures." - Sportswriter Arthur Daley
2019 National League Debuts

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

45
04-20-2019
25
32
05-24-2019
26
57
04-01-2019
24
29
04-01-2019
30
70, 12
04-07-2019
23
27
05-15-2019
22
71
04-16-2019
25
73
06-16-2019
21
15
05-03-2019
23
17
05-05-2019
24
31
04-09-2019
25
64
06-11-2019
24
8
04-06-2019
26
23
06-06-2019
22
7
05-17-2019
22
32
05-31-2019
24
45
04-30-2019
26
41
05-19-2019
27
16
05-28-2019
24
70
03-28-2019
28
74
04-24-2019
23
47
05-11-2019
24
50
06-12-2019
23
18
05-14-2019
22
20
03-28-2019
24
41
05-06-2019
22
65
05-26-2019
24
40
06-04-2019
23
47
05-12-2019
25
67
06-15-2019
24
64
05-09-2019
27
72
05-18-2019
25
23
05-27-2019
23
51
04-06-2019
23
10
04-20-2019
24
3
04-20-2019
22
62
05-11-2019
25
44
04-11-2019
22
11
04-26-2019
24
25
03-30-2019
22
22
05-24-2019
21
59
03-31-2019
23
40
05-01-2019
24
64
04-12-2019
25
23
03-28-2019
20
64
05-15-2019
24
60
03-29-2019
25
65
05-26-2019
26
18
03-28-2019
26
5
05-25-2019
28
61
05-29-2019
22
19
06-08-2019
24
56
04-16-2019
24
7
06-02-2019
24
47
06-17-2019
27
35
04-17-2019
23
64
05-26-2019
25
8
04-26-2019
21
18
03-30-2019
25
2019 National League Debuts


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

Did you know that Future hall of famer Addie Joss made his Major League pitching debut on April 26, 1902 and tossed a one hitter?

On the final day of the 1930 season, Dizzy Dean was called up and pitched a three-hitter. In Spring Training the following year, Dean had a fight with catcher Gabby Street and the franchise left him in the Minor Leagues all season long.

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