2004 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."

"Baseball is the sport that cackles back at can't-miss kids. Baseball humbles every player sooner or later. Baseball confers greatness stingily, in its own sweet time. At least that's what the bow-tied essayists and sandlot scouts solemnly tell us." - Johnette Howard in Sports Illustrated
2004 National League Debuts

2004 N.L. Rookies | 2004 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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07-02-2004
26
39
05-08-2004
22
32
06-19-2004
23
54
04-09-2004
23
26
05-06-2004
26
2
08-22-2004
21
44
09-09-2004
23
1
06-12-2004
26
5
05-07-2004
23
43
09-02-2004
22
14
05-30-2004
25
19
08-21-2004
23
18
04-21-2004
23
34
09-12-2004
23
40
08-21-2004
25
20
05-15-2004
25
19
04-07-2004
24
28
06-25-2004
28
45
09-14-2004
23
26
06-24-2004
25
4
05-19-2004
25
19
07-06-2004
23
51
06-09-2004
25
43
04-05-2004
25
30
06-30-2004
24
47
05-15-2004
26
26
08-25-2004
23
21
06-04-2004
24
59
08-22-2004
26
4
04-06-2004
24
11
05-01-2004
24
5
04-16-2004
24
3
08-07-2004
25
51
05-17-2004
26
3
06-28-2004
25
41
04-29-2004
24
54
09-10-2004
22
6
06-02-2004
28
14
07-06-2004
25
29
09-09-2004
26
2
07-04-2004
24
50
07-22-2004
25
1
09-06-2004
22
43
08-05-2004
24
46
05-18-2004
25
57
04-06-2004
23
47
08-14-2004
23
8
07-09-2004
28
1
05-25-2004
22
40
06-02-2004
23
10
09-01-2004
22
48
08-27-2004
23
38
04-24-2004
22
57
04-07-2004
23
38
08-21-2004
25
49
06-29-2004
23
59
06-12-2004
27
2
08-27-2004
23
1
09-17-2004
25
50
08-26-2004
24
35
04-26-2004
25
48
04-06-2004
27
19
08-24-2004
26
9
08-17-2004
24
50
09-11-2004
22
10
10-03-2004
25
6
08-20-2004
24
25
04-06-2004
28
5
07-21-2004
21
33
04-09-2004
26
41
09-03-2004
21
12
09-01-2004
24
46
05-25-2004
21
57
08-27-2004
25
61
05-30-2004
21
14
04-07-2004
23
37
04-07-2004
25
53
08-20-2004
22
47
08-18-2004
24
47
05-22-2004
21
7
08-17-2004
23
10
05-30-2004
25
54
08-22-2004
29
16
04-06-2004
32
58
04-11-2004
25
58
08-21-2004
26
33, 47
04-06-2004
22
60, 14
04-29-2004
30
41
08-07-2004
24
52
10-03-2004
24
37
08-01-2004
22
68
09-08-2004
25
7
04-08-2004
24
41
06-03-2004
21
2004 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 2004 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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