2012 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
2012 National League Debuts

2012 N.L. Rookies | 2012 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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06-28-2012
21
46
04-30-2012
22
6
09-04-2012
23
14
08-11-2012
25
19
09-07-2012
28
11
04-18-2012
24
37
08-22-2012
21
21
07-20-2012
24
43
07-14-2012
22
1
04-07-2012
22
19
06-02-2012
22
16
07-22-2012
25
55
08-01-2012
23
45
05-07-2012
24
52
04-10-2012
23
37
09-04-2012
25
7
08-05-2012
24
47
05-18-2012
29
55, 50
05-17-2012
26
43
08-07-2012
24
18
08-21-2012
26
5
08-05-2012
22
52
09-09-2012
23
25
05-13-2012
28
68, 25
09-05-2012
22
60
04-25-2012
24
17
06-07-2012
26
23
09-03-2012
27
58
08-18-2012
27
67, 36
09-02-2012
22
65
09-05-2012
24
46
06-27-2012
24
53
05-09-2012
24
48
08-13-2012
27
7
08-04-2012
27
47
09-30-2012
21
14
07-13-2012
23
62
09-11-2012
25
39
08-07-2012
25
55
04-07-2012
25
9
04-06-2012
23
60
06-17-2012
24
65
08-03-2012
26
49
05-31-2012
25
56, 59
07-17-2012
25
37
05-15-2012
27
75
09-09-2012
21
38
06-07-2012
24
33
05-09-2012
25
46
07-22-2012
25
19
08-14-2012
23
43
04-30-2012
25
34
09-05-2012
26
16
05-12-2012
26
44
09-04-2012
25
17
05-21-2012
24
7
04-06-2012
30
14
07-13-2012
25
51
07-26-2012
29
60
04-22-2012
22
63
06-19-2012
23
73
05-18-2012
23
66
07-13-2012
25
27
09-04-2012
22
33
07-26-2012
23
53
04-23-2012
26
19
04-24-2012
25
36
08-23-2012
25
9
04-07-2012
24
62
06-03-2012
24
1
04-23-2012
24
48
08-23-2012
23
59
10-03-2012
28
50
08-29-2012
25
63
05-15-2012
25
13
04-05-2012
22
39
08-30-2012
27
53
06-09-2012
26
18
09-14-2012
26
65
04-07-2012
26
62
05-21-2012
24
2
09-01-2012
24
6
07-26-2012
23
60
08-20-2012
25
69
05-29-2012
25
57
09-14-2012
25
61
08-20-2012
25
29
06-10-2012
24
61
08-04-2012
24
12
06-02-2012
23
49
08-27-2012
22
40
08-14-2012
27
39
05-05-2012
23
1
08-02-2012
26
63
09-16-2012
24
50
06-26-2012
25
41
08-22-2012
25
43
04-14-2012
22
33
05-13-2012
23
79, 63
09-03-2012
30
87, 37, 43
04-07-2012
27
57, 14
08-25-2012
24
53
05-20-2012
23
62
06-30-2012
27
44
05-26-2012
26
61
06-01-2012
24
8
08-11-2012
24
58
06-10-2012
24
44
04-06-2012
24
40
09-05-2012
21
64
07-18-2012
22
56
09-04-2012
27
34
04-28-2012
19
41
05-14-2012
23
57
04-29-2012
25
55
09-01-2012
22
23
05-29-2012
26
2012 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 2012 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.

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."

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