1887 American Association 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 no Major League record held by a rookie. It's revealing to see just how far the rookie marks are below the single season marks. This is a testament to how difficult the game is to learn and play." - Luke Salisbury in The Answer is Baseball (1989)
1887 American Association Debuts

1887 A.A. Rookies | 1887 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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04-25-1887
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08-09-1887
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04-16-1887
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08-27-1887
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05-02-1887
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09-15-1887
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09-04-1887
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05-22-1887
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04-20-1887
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04-20-1887
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04-16-1887
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05-19-1887
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06-08-1887
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04-20-1887
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05-05-1887
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08-25-1887
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04-19-1887
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07-12-1887
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10-07-1887
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04-20-1887
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04-23-1887
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10-06-1887
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10-05-1887
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09-15-1887
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06-13-1887
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1887 American Association Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American Association during the 1887 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 ?

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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