1929 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."

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

1929 American League Debuts

1929 A.L. Rookies | 1929 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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04-18-1929
31
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05-01-1929
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09-20-1929
18
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09-20-1929
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07-07-1929
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04-19-1929
21
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04-18-1929
29
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06-18-1929
24
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04-18-1929
26
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08-31-1929
22
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04-23-1929
25
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04-16-1929
23
5
04-16-1929
26
34
04-16-1929
27
41
08-14-1929
28
3
04-16-1929
27
23
07-20-1929
23
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09-08-1929
24
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04-16-1929
25
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04-18-1929
29
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09-12-1929
23
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09-18-1929
25
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04-18-1929
26
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04-19-1929
26
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04-16-1929
26
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06-15-1929
25
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09-16-1929
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27
05-11-1929
21
28
04-26-1929
24
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04-26-1929
23
24
05-11-1929
23
30
07-19-1929
22
30, 21
04-29-1929
21
31
05-11-1929
22
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06-30-1929
21
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09-18-1929
24
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07-04-1929
23
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09-01-1929
26
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09-20-1929
20
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09-19-1929
29
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09-14-1929
25
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06-20-1929
26
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04-21-1929
24
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04-21-1929
25
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04-21-1929
25
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04-19-1929
23
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04-21-1929
22
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05-26-1929
23
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10-06-1929
28
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04-18-1929
26
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10-06-1929
26
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04-17-1929
22
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07-02-1929
30
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08-06-1929
20
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09-15-1929
24
1929 American League Debuts
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Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 1929 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.

Ted Cox made his Major League debut in 1977 with the Boston Red Sox and over two games on September 18 and 19, Cox went six for six before he made an out.

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