1982 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 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)
1982 National League Debuts

1982 N.L. Rookies | 1982 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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04-13-1982
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30
05-13-1982
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48
06-30-1982
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6
04-27-1982
25
18
09-04-1982
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50
06-08-1982
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43
04-07-1982
23
45
06-25-1982
24
56, 17
07-15-1982
25
50
07-31-1982
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61
09-07-1982
25
34
09-07-1982
24
24, 60
06-15-1982
25
26
05-25-1982
25
19
09-06-1982
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37
09-10-1982
24
47
09-12-1982
25
17
09-01-1982
25
9
07-25-1982
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23
09-01-1982
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36
06-21-1982
25
37
07-28-1982
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27
07-03-1982
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3
07-29-1982
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32
10-03-1982
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45
07-07-1982
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20
08-17-1982
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21
04-09-1982
27
8
09-29-1982
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39
09-06-1982
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49
09-18-1982
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34
06-06-1982
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30
05-09-1982
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41
09-19-1982
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15
04-23-1982
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27
09-06-1982
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37
09-06-1982
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51
09-05-1982
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47
05-01-1982
22
36
09-20-1982
22
11
04-12-1982
27
22
09-04-1982
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50
09-08-1982
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39
04-07-1982
25
43
06-15-1982
26
19
07-19-1982
22
40
07-17-1982
22
11
09-19-1982
22
20
08-27-1982
26
21
07-31-1982
21
5
09-25-1982
23
23
04-23-1982
24
40
09-04-1982
24
29
04-07-1982
23
43
10-02-1982
20
45
04-23-1982
24
35
05-08-1982
21
3
09-04-1982
22
36
09-04-1982
23
44
06-08-1982
23
32
06-27-1982
25
51
05-10-1982
23
35, 12
09-01-1982
24
48
06-01-1982
25
1982 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1982 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Rich Amaral spent nine seasons in the Minor Leagues and upon his callup he commented, "I've been to every baseball park in America, except those in the American and National League."

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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