2015 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 a certain amount of fascination to the big league debut of any athlete. Sometimes they are incredible successes. Sometimes they are frenetic failures." - Sportswriter Arthur Daley
2015 National League Debuts

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08-30-2015
23
25
04-11-2015
22
68
09-08-2015
23
36
04-29-2015
24
26
04-21-2015
30
62
09-01-2015
23
52
07-23-2015
25
23
07-12-2015
22
56
08-08-2015
26
72
09-11-2015
25
35
04-12-2015
25
24
04-15-2015
24
60
07-02-2015
24
63
06-30-2015
27
11, 14
06-17-2015
22
51
04-29-2015
25
50
04-07-2015
26
14, 24
05-19-2015
30
64
06-30-2015
27
54
04-14-2015
26
66
07-31-2015
24
57
04-07-2015
25
52
04-12-2015
25
28
09-01-2015
30
61
05-08-2015
23
68
09-08-2015
25
70
09-21-2015
25
37
06-19-2015
22
17
04-17-2015
23
6
09-07-2015
24
22
04-21-2015
21
12
06-16-2015
22
67
09-05-2015
25
26
04-12-2015
25
65
08-22-2015
26
47
08-14-2015
25
50
04-29-2015
23
46
06-05-2015
23
48
07-30-2015
24
64
06-23-2015
27
44
08-02-2015
23
50
08-20-2015
28
55
08-04-2015
23
65
08-29-2015
27
30
09-12-2015
24
45
04-14-2015
25
67
05-03-2015
27
65
05-24-2015
25
51
07-25-2015
23
36
04-17-2015
27
18
08-10-2015
21
71
06-02-2015
27
55, 30
06-05-2015
24
5
09-03-2015
27
59
09-13-2015
23
46
08-07-2015
25
61
06-10-2015
25
49
08-03-2015
25
63
06-06-2015
23
58
09-05-2015
26
56
08-20-2015
25
60
06-20-2015
23
35
08-01-2015
25
62
04-14-2015
23
5
09-09-2015
31
50
09-24-2015
23
45
06-02-2015
25
27
09-02-2015
22
32
05-26-2015
26
47
09-26-2015
22
41
06-09-2015
25
28
09-29-2015
22
58
09-05-2015
26
25
09-26-2015
22
29
09-22-2015
23
59
05-31-2015
24
1
05-19-2015
24
30
07-24-2015
22
36
04-10-2015
24
51
04-29-2015
24
32
06-28-2015
24
64
06-17-2015
22
16
04-17-2015
26
22
04-21-2015
24
47
04-24-2015
24
34
05-12-2015
22
59
05-05-2015
23
49
08-30-2015
23
48
08-21-2015
25
52
04-28-2015
22
37
04-06-2015
23
39
06-21-2015
25
60
09-02-2015
25
27
07-21-2015
22
56
09-09-2015
26
24
08-20-2015
24
60
09-21-2015
25
66
09-12-2015
24
64
06-27-2015
26
27
04-08-2015
28
28
09-14-2015
28
1
08-06-2015
25
58
09-06-2015
27
18
05-04-2015
22
25
09-14-2015
27
16
08-21-2015
24
43
04-27-2015
25
29
08-11-2015
25
62
04-12-2015
27
57
06-13-2015
28
56
09-19-2015
23
59
09-03-2015
27
50
07-04-2015
28
61
07-03-2015
26
47
06-13-2015
26
37
08-03-2015
25
51
09-23-2015
25
66
04-30-2015
24
23
05-29-2015
29
40
04-25-2015
29
67
07-01-2015
27
55
07-21-2015
24
43
04-26-2015
26
68
09-23-2015
27
69
04-28-2015
23
62
07-21-2015
22
1
05-19-2015
23
60
04-22-2015
26
52
04-15-2015
30
41
06-06-2015
22
23
09-20-2015
22
36
04-30-2015
26
7
08-21-2015
22
73
04-17-2015
23
2015 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 2015 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.

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.

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