2019 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."

"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve
2019 National League Debuts

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

45
04-20-2019
25
32
05-24-2019
26
57
04-01-2019
24
37
08-05-2019
25
29
04-01-2019
30
2
06-22-2019
23
36
08-21-2019
25
9
08-12-2019
25
49
06-27-2019
25
70, 12
04-07-2019
23
27
05-15-2019
22
63
07-26-2019
24
71
04-16-2019
25
73
06-16-2019
21
73
06-20-2019
24
16
07-03-2019
26
49
07-07-2019
25
66
08-16-2019
24
34
08-08-2019
27
15
05-03-2019
23
17
05-05-2019
24
31
04-09-2019
25
64
06-11-2019
24
8
04-06-2019
26
23
06-06-2019
22
58
08-13-2019
24
7
05-17-2019
22
32
05-31-2019
24
45
04-30-2019
26
41
05-19-2019
27
46
06-26-2019
25
85
08-02-2019
21
43
06-27-2019
25
76
06-20-2019
25
16
05-28-2019
24
70
03-28-2019
28
1
08-05-2019
23
64
08-05-2019
24
52
06-20-2019
23
72
08-04-2019
26
74
04-24-2019
23
47
05-11-2019
24
50
06-12-2019
23
2
07-07-2019
24
2
08-01-2019
22
18
05-14-2019
22
38
08-07-2019
24
20
03-28-2019
24
74
06-29-2019
29
72
06-19-2019
24
41
05-06-2019
22
65
05-26-2019
24
40
06-04-2019
23
47
05-12-2019
25
67
06-15-2019
24
64
05-09-2019
27
77
07-13-2019
23
72
05-18-2019
25
23
05-27-2019
23
51
04-06-2019
23
10
04-20-2019
24
3
04-20-2019
22
62
05-11-2019
25
54
06-18-2019
22
44
04-11-2019
22
49
07-23-2019
23
11
04-26-2019
24
25
03-30-2019
22
50
07-21-2019
20
52
07-12-2019
20
22
05-24-2019
21
59
03-31-2019
23
40
05-01-2019
24
64
04-12-2019
25
23
03-28-2019
20
54
08-21-2019
29
64
05-15-2019
24
60
03-29-2019
25
65
05-26-2019
26
68
07-21-2019
25
18
03-28-2019
26
51
07-21-2019
24
67
08-01-2019
28
62
08-17-2019
22
5
05-25-2019
28
66
08-14-2019
24
61
05-29-2019
22
19
06-08-2019
24
44
08-11-2019
22
56
04-16-2019
24
7
06-02-2019
24
47
06-17-2019
27
35
04-17-2019
23
64
05-26-2019
25
8
04-26-2019
21
18
03-30-2019
25
2019 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 2019 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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 ?

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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