1927 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."

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"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

1927 National League Debuts

1927 N.L. Rookies | 1927 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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08-17-1927
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04-16-1927
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08-31-1927
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07-19-1927
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04-12-1927
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06-16-1927
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04-26-1927
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06-21-1927
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06-21-1927
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05-12-1927
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09-14-1927
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07-27-1927
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07-27-1927
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08-19-1927
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05-02-1927
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09-15-1927
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06-27-1927
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09-13-1927
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05-22-1927
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09-19-1927
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08-24-1927
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09-24-1927
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04-30-1927
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07-04-1927
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10-02-1927
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04-16-1927
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1927 National League Debuts
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Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1927 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

On April 13, 1954, Hank Aaron made his Major League debut and went 0-for-5. However, in his own autobiography Aaron wrote that he went 0-for-4.

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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