2019 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."

"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
2019 American League Debuts

2019 A.L. Rookies | 2019 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

32
07-01-2019
25
56
08-17-2019
24
6
03-28-2019
25
52
04-20-2019
27
1
03-28-2019
24
62
08-13-2019
26
55
07-29-2019
25
71
04-03-2019
27
23
04-20-2019
23
63
04-23-2019
22
71
07-02-2019
25
65, 56
04-23-2019
24
73
06-07-2019
24
72
05-29-2019
26
84
07-03-2019
23
38
06-19-2019
24
74
03-28-2019
22
59
05-25-2019
25
40
06-23-2019
23
2
06-28-2019
23
66
06-22-2019
24
35
05-14-2019
24
65
05-28-2019
24
63
05-25-2019
29
7
03-28-2019
27
70
07-03-2019
24
50
08-02-2019
24
50
03-29-2019
26
66
05-07-2019
24
63
05-11-2019
29
34
07-30-2019
24
71
08-09-2019
25
65
05-11-2019
24
66
07-31-2019
22
44
06-09-2019
21
61
06-14-2019
24
29
05-12-2019
23
9
05-27-2019
28
67
06-27-2019
26
11
05-28-2019
26
65
07-02-2019
24
2
06-20-2019
25
33
08-08-2019
26
51
03-31-2019
26
47
04-27-2019
24
1
05-14-2019
24
55
04-09-2019
23
25
03-28-2019
26
11
07-12-2019
26
63
07-25-2019
25
45
03-31-2019
27
47
04-30-2019
22
60
04-25-2019
29
4
04-25-2019
22
63
07-27-2019
23
43
08-05-2019
22
54
06-02-2019
21
23
07-03-2019
24
25
05-15-2019
25
2
05-18-2019
22
68
08-09-2019
24
80
06-08-2019
27
19
03-31-2019
30
71
06-19-2019
25
31
05-28-2019
23
61
07-23-2019
25
43
06-30-2019
23
30
06-28-2019
25
30, 90
04-21-2019
23
36, 74, 36
04-18-2019
26
74
04-10-2019
27
72
08-12-2019
26
73
08-13-2019
24
49
05-03-2019
25
56
04-12-2019
27
5
03-21-2019
25
65
03-21-2019
27
12
07-26-2019
31
37
08-02-2019
26
45
08-17-2019
26
18
03-21-2019
27
39
05-11-2019
23
10
07-24-2019
25
37
05-12-2019
28
36
08-02-2019
26
64
05-20-2019
24
25
03-20-2019
26
23
06-16-2019
29
61
06-08-2019
27
50
04-11-2019
25
40
05-12-2019
29
43
06-23-2019
25
58
07-12-2019
25
35
04-29-2019
23
49
06-29-2019
23
38
06-08-2019
25
55
03-28-2019
25
43
08-04-2019
21
43
03-28-2019
26
46
06-09-2019
25
63
04-25-2019
24
16
08-02-2019
26
68
04-23-2019
25
59
04-19-2019
23
62
06-08-2019
24
51
07-06-2019
24
45
06-25-2019
26
67
06-08-2019
27
11
07-29-2019
21
8
05-24-2019
24
59
08-04-2019
22
27
04-26-2019
20
65
03-31-2019
19
68
06-12-2019
26
57
03-31-2019
25
62
05-27-2019
25
2019 American League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 2019 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 on September 27, 1963 the Houston Colt .45s fielded an all-rookie lineup that included future stars Joe Morgan , Jerry Grote , and Rusty Staub ?

Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac10 Aug
Red Barrett, OTD1944 [baseball-almanac.com/boxscore/08101…], needed only 58 pitches, and one-hour fifteen minutes, to record a c… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Joe McGinnity (baseball-almanac.com/feats/feats24.…), OTD1903, beat #Brooklyn in both ends of a doubleheader, 6-1 & 4-3, two CG… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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A player has hit two HRs in the same inning (baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/rb_hr…) 63 times in #MLB history. 5 players have done… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Happy Birthday Bob Horner [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…]: "Mr. Ho Mah" born OTD1957, #ROY in 1978, FOUR HRs in a GAME in… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Rcvd birth records for Dick Van Zant, you know, the third baseman who played 10 games with the #Cleveland #Blues in… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Robert Dugger just made #MLB debut for #Marlins, vs #Mets, surrendering HR to 1st batter faced, with 1st pitch thro… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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MLB Press Release (@MLB)said Vladimir Guerrero Jr. & Noah Syndergaard won the Player of the Week. We checked their… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Happiness? We❤️updating records, no-hitters, cycles - any of our 490,000+ pages of #MLB history, but when we go to… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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EXPANDED: eMail, "I wanted to know the record for most consecutive strikeouts BY A BATTER." #MLB record [… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Eric Hosmer hitting his 161st career HR, 2nd grand slam (one with #Royals / one with #Padres). Today, integrated ro… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Happy Birthday Roger Clemens [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…]. Born OTD1962, The Rocket had one hell of a career. HOF? Vis… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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UPDATED [baseball-almanac.com/recbooks/rb_no…]: This morning I was asked, "Which team has been no hit the most?" We breakdown EV… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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UPDATED: Our Willie McCovey [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…] page already had an incredible amount of history, today, I re… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Chuck Harrison: #Astros #Royals Added home address, great quote (football in #Texas at #TexasTech), rookie #Topps c… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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75th ANNIVERSARY: Tommy Brown [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…] made #MLB debut OTD1944 - at the age of 16! Newspaper story… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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Rod Beck [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…]: Born OTD1968, would have been 51 today (gone too soon), is one-of-only two… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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@juanangelavila Gracias! Tuvimos la lista de Ted Turner, el era el numero 115. https://t.co/ysHuel1lZ6
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1978 #Topps [baseball-almanac.com/baseball_cards…]: This 726 set of classic cards included Rookie Stars, Record Breakers, 20+ fu… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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OTD1959: Bullet Bill Bruton [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…] hit two bases loaded triples in the same game - an INCREDIBLY… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
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