1876 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."

"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve
1876 National League Debuts

1876 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

n/a
07-24-1876
22
n/a
08-23-1876
21
n/a
06-17-1876
18
n/a
04-22-1876
29
n/a
04-23-1876
22
n/a
05-20-1876
28
n/a
04-22-1876
22
n/a
04-24-1876
21
n/a
04-26-1876
24
n/a
04-21-1876
25
n/a
04-22-1876
25
n/a
04-22-1876
26
n/a
05-05-1876
29
n/a
05-17-1876
20
n/a
05-05-1876
29
n/a
05-05-1876
41
n/a
04-21-1876
27
n/a
05-06-1876
38
n/a
07-25-1876
25
n/a
05-06-1876
24
n/a
05-05-1876
25
n/a
04-24-1876
29
n/a
05-13-1876
26
n/a
04-20-1876
21
n/a
05-05-1876
26
n/a
05-23-1876
26
n/a
05-05-1876
25
n/a
05-04-1876
28
n/a
04-25-1876
27
n/a
04-25-1876
25
n/a
06-22-1876
23
n/a
05-09-1876
27
n/a
05-06-1876
32
n/a
08-23-1876
20
n/a
05-05-1876
28
n/a
05-04-1876
24
n/a
08-04-1876
25
n/a
04-25-1876
20
n/a
04-25-1876
21
n/a
05-19-1876
28
n/a
08-12-1876
20
n/a
05-05-1876
29
n/a
04-27-1876
20
n/a
05-02-1876
24
n/a
05-04-1876
30
n/a
04-24-1876
21
n/a
04-22-1876
27
n/a
05-18-1876
31
n/a
05-15-1876
21
n/a
06-01-1876
24
n/a
05-05-1876
31
n/a
05-02-1876
0
n/a
05-09-1876
25
n/a
05-04-1876
27
n/a
05-20-1876
27
n/a
05-08-1876
20
n/a
04-25-1876
32
n/a
05-18-1876
25
n/a
06-08-1876
22
n/a
04-25-1876
26
n/a
08-23-1876
25
n/a
09-01-1876
21
n/a
05-04-1876
24
n/a
05-06-1876
28
n/a
09-05-1876
21
n/a
10-04-1876
16
n/a
08-19-1876
22
n/a
06-16-1876
21
n/a
04-25-1876
23
n/a
04-26-1876
0
n/a
05-09-1876
31
n/a
07-29-1876
20
n/a
07-26-1876
27
n/a
05-05-1876
28
n/a
09-09-1876
21
n/a
05-20-1876
27
n/a
04-22-1876
31
n/a
05-14-1876
25
n/a
05-20-1876
0
n/a
09-15-1876
0
n/a
05-04-1876
24
n/a
05-06-1876
19
n/a
04-24-1876
24
n/a
07-01-1876
35
n/a
05-19-1876
25
n/a
05-03-1876
21
n/a
05-18-1876
33
n/a
05-16-1876
29
n/a
08-05-1876
24
n/a
05-20-1876
0
n/a
09-09-1876
23
n/a
08-05-1876
18
n/a
07-19-1876
19
n/a
04-22-1876
21
n/a
09-12-1876
24
n/a
05-18-1876
27
n/a
05-20-1876
32
n/a
05-05-1876
26
n/a
04-22-1876
20
n/a
05-05-1876
27
n/a
09-04-1876
23
n/a
09-15-1876
22
n/a
06-03-1876
31
n/a
05-20-1876
26
n/a
09-09-1876
0
n/a
09-05-1876
0
n/a
05-02-1876
21
n/a
05-04-1876
26
n/a
08-03-1876
21
n/a
04-30-1876
21
n/a
05-08-1876
31
n/a
08-11-1876
23
n/a
05-04-1876
22
n/a
04-25-1876
23
n/a
04-26-1876
24
n/a
05-20-1876
30
n/a
05-02-1876
24
n/a
05-06-1876
26
n/a
05-09-1876
24
n/a
05-18-1876
40
n/a
05-09-1876
30
1876 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1876 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.

Ted Cox made his Major League debut in 1977 with the Boston Red Sox and over two games on September 18 and 19, Cox went six for six before he made an out.

Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac9h
Bob Meusel (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…) born OTD1896. Silent Bob hit for the cycle in 1921, in '22, & an AL record 3rd… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac15h
Happy Birthday Yan Gomes (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…). Born OTD1987, Gomer was Defensive Player of the Year,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac18 Jul
Joe Grzenda will be laid to rest today in St. Catherine's Cemetery, Moscow, PA. Eight-year career, 219 GP, #Tigers,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac18 Jul
RIP Pumpsie Green (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…). SO much more than just 1st African-American with #Boston #RedSox. In-d… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac18 Jul
Happy Birthday Derek Dietrich (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…). Two new DYK items added - a team record he set in 2016 wit… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac17 Jul
RESEARCH ALERT (😂😂😂): It really is World Emoji Day. In honor of that occassion, let's not forget Brad Boxberger [… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac17 Jul
Sir Didi (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…) hit 4th slam with #Yankees, each WHILE PLAYING SS, new team record! Some… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac16 Jul
End of an Era 😢. Q: "Earlier this month you reported the death of Glenn Mickens, a Brooklyn Dodger, how many of the… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac16 Jul
ICYMI: The Michael Chavis grand slam was caught by an employee on the 14th floor of The Pru (#PrudentialTower).… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac15 Jul
Donn Clendenon (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…): born OTD1935. Bud Harrelson said, "He was the MVP -- a very dangerous pla… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac14 Jul
UPDATED: Phillip Ervin joined 6-for-6 Club [baseball-almanac.com/feats/6_hits_1…]. EVERY instance in #MLB history, every extra-i… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac13 Jul
George Bradley [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…]. Born OTD1852. Threw 1st official no-hitter in #MLB history -- in 1876! Re… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac13 Jul
STORYBOOK: 1. 1st home game since Tyler Skaggs died. 2. Every #Angels player wearing #45. 3. Moving pregame ceremon… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jul
Research help? Jim Clark [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…] died in 01-2019. He played with #Cleveland in 1971, not terribly… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jul
Jack Harshman (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…). Born OTD1927. #HoF Ed Walsh 15 Ks in a game 2x (1908 & '10) in #Chicago,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jul
Happy Birthday Ron Fairly: DYK he played in an #AllStarGame for BOTH #Canadian teams? DYK he hit HRs in all 21-seas… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jul
ICYMI: On July 3, 2019, 1st time in #MLB history, two teams (#Cubs & #WhiteSox), from the same city (#Chicago), eac… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jul
Updated: Sam Mele [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…]. Received and added the cemetery name where he was laid to rest. Integr… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Desktop Version