2008 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."

"You never forget your first hit in the Major Leagues. It was in my third at bat. That was kind of a relief. You could start off 0-for-34." - Ralph Kiner
2008 National League Debuts

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21
07-22-2008
26
28
04-02-2008
24
47
06-15-2008
27
39
04-29-2008
23
29
09-02-2008
26
18
03-30-2008
24
26
08-13-2008
27
1
04-26-2008
24
50
06-14-2008
24
61
09-04-2008
22
26
07-04-2008
27
1
03-31-2008
30
6
05-18-2008
28
27
09-02-2008
25
29
07-25-2008
23
32
05-27-2008
21
26
09-02-2008
24
47
04-03-2008
22
63, 21
08-12-2008
26
52
06-03-2008
23
7
05-14-2008
25
58
08-30-2008
25
65
09-13-2008
26
60
08-09-2008
25
53
06-21-2008
22
1
06-17-2008
27
31
07-02-2008
30
14
09-02-2008
22
21
04-30-2008
23
1
04-01-2008
25
41
08-04-2008
25
54
05-11-2008
22
66
04-09-2008
25
53, 21
07-09-2008
27
61
09-17-2008
24
65
06-22-2008
23
29
09-17-2008
25
39
06-08-2008
21
41
07-06-2008
21
23
09-07-2008
26
19
09-08-2008
28
53
03-31-2008
23
33
03-31-2008
22
57
08-29-2008
23
49
09-15-2008
26
54, 22
05-25-2008
20
18
04-04-2008
33
57
05-14-2008
27
52
09-17-2008
23
38
04-01-2008
25
47
04-24-2008
25
45
05-18-2008
31
48
05-23-2008
24
21
09-03-2008
21
24
09-03-2008
23
26
04-12-2008
23
40
09-01-2008
25
50
09-03-2008
22
6
05-24-2008
22
44
08-03-2008
22
28
08-02-2008
23
49
09-02-2008
21
39
09-15-2008
24
4
07-03-2008
25
46
08-27-2008
23
24
07-11-2008
31
40
09-03-2008
22
18
04-22-2008
22
3
09-28-2008
22
56
07-07-2008
25
46
06-27-2008
24
10
04-06-2008
25
43
08-27-2008
25
63
09-02-2008
24
64
07-12-2008
27
44
04-02-2008
24
56
05-13-2008
26
9
09-01-2008
23
1
05-10-2008
27
27
04-03-2008
25
56
09-10-2008
25
52
08-30-2008
25
2
05-12-2008
29
58
06-02-2008
26
57
08-23-2008
27
4
07-04-2008
24
7
08-13-2008
24
58
09-03-2008
24
59
08-16-2008
26
25
08-29-2008
25
40
05-24-2008
26
29
03-31-2008
23
21
04-12-2008
24
7
04-20-2008
23
28
05-21-2008
23
43
07-20-2008
25
50
09-09-2008
22
52
05-15-2008
25
20
04-04-2008
28
49
05-30-2008
25
56
07-03-2008
24
23
07-12-2008
25
32
08-16-2008
29
57
08-13-2008
24
54
06-26-2008
25
48
08-14-2008
22
49
04-08-2008
24
54
04-01-2008
25
68
06-06-2008
24
64
07-11-2008
22
62
05-30-2008
25
46
04-01-2008
23
60
09-03-2008
26
65
05-05-2008
25
63
05-16-2008
22
61
06-22-2008
26
59
04-01-2008
29
67
06-03-2008
25
40
07-01-2008
22
7, 2
06-29-2008
24
55
08-20-2008
25
58
09-02-2008
25
36
05-24-2008
29
51
09-04-2008
21
50
06-08-2008
25
23
09-04-2008
25
59
06-22-2008
25
2008 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 2008 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.

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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