1985 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)
1985 American League Debuts

1985 A.L. Rookies | 1985 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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09-24-1985
21
54
09-29-1985
21
26
07-03-1985
22
39
09-05-1985
22
12
04-15-1985
24
43
07-05-1985
24
16
09-05-1985
24
27
09-15-1985
21
45
04-14-1985
25
42
09-05-1985
22
27
04-09-1985
23
2
04-11-1985
26
16
05-20-1985
23
36
09-10-1985
27
36
04-12-1985
20
18
04-28-1985
22
17
07-27-1985
24
15
05-01-1985
24
56
09-07-1985
23
30
09-02-1985
22
33
06-30-1985
22
56
09-18-1985
19
52
08-11-1985
20
44
07-21-1985
28
13
04-09-1985
21
36
07-21-1985
25
31
06-12-1985
23
41
04-28-1985
26
58
09-13-1985
24
43
08-22-1985
25
19
07-06-1985
25
18
05-25-1985
23
12
04-08-1985
23
20
04-10-1985
25
41
09-17-1985
22
61
08-08-1985
27
16
09-11-1985
23
49
04-23-1985
26
36
08-14-1985
26
1
05-14-1985
24
9
09-11-1985
21
46
09-14-1985
22
17
09-04-1985
27
26
05-21-1985
25
35
04-14-1985
26
4
07-12-1985
25
36
08-14-1985
22
37
04-13-1985
22
54
05-07-1985
23
21
05-30-1985
23
48
05-03-1985
24
33
09-02-1985
21
9
04-11-1985
24
40
04-11-1985
24
7
06-02-1985
25
53
06-14-1985
24
33
05-25-1985
27
18
06-07-1985
23
51
06-13-1985
20
22
07-19-1985
23
33
06-23-1985
25
23
09-10-1985
22
0
05-19-1985
22
28
06-26-1985
23
55
09-01-1985
25
25
08-25-1985
25
23
07-20-1985
21
54
08-25-1985
23
4
04-10-1985
19
28
04-08-1985
21
1985 American League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 1985 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."

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?

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