1956 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."

"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve
1956 American League Debuts

1956 A.L. Rookies | 1956 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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09-26-1956
21
38
04-18-1956
25
44
04-17-1956
22
40
04-27-1956
27
32
09-08-1956
17
24
09-19-1956
18
15
09-29-1956
18
24
04-17-1956
21
20
04-21-1956
21
39
04-21-1956
24
11
04-17-1956
21
31
05-06-1956
26
18
09-30-1956
16
27
04-21-1956
25
15
04-19-1956
24
33
09-13-1956
25
26
05-12-1956
20
12
04-17-1956
29
19
09-16-1956
23
12
09-12-1956
23
25
09-14-1956
24
1
04-17-1956
25
14
04-24-1956
34
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09-14-1956
21
23
07-15-1956
27
39
09-15-1956
24
17
04-25-1956
24
31
04-17-1956
27
6
07-13-1956
26
8
04-21-1956
30
52
09-21-1956
24
11
04-17-1956
22
36
06-15-1956
22
45
04-19-1956
23
21
08-06-1956
20
39
04-18-1956
27
38
04-22-1956
23
29
09-12-1956
24
30
04-17-1956
24
22
05-15-1956
26
25
04-18-1956
27
1956 American League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 1956 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

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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