1935 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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1935 National League Debuts

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08-23-1935
25
26
04-26-1935
25
30
09-21-1935
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06-21-1935
22
22
05-11-1935
23
15
08-15-1935
22
30
09-11-1935
27
6
09-28-1935
21
20
05-19-1935
19
29
09-12-1935
20
14
04-27-1935
28
15
04-18-1935
25
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09-29-1935
23
22
04-27-1935
26
22
09-18-1935
25
14
09-11-1935
24
18
04-19-1935
23
21
04-29-1935
21
41
04-21-1935
22
23
08-07-1935
23
42
04-29-1935
24
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09-10-1935
24
18
04-17-1935
27
25
09-15-1935
25
10
04-16-1935
26
26
04-16-1935
27
5
04-16-1935
24
29
06-24-1935
30
24
09-15-1935
21
27
04-16-1935
21
22
05-17-1935
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23
04-19-1935
23
1
09-12-1935
25
48
04-16-1935
25
25
04-18-1935
26
25
07-14-1935
23
22
07-27-1935
26
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04-19-1935
26
11
09-17-1935
22
34
07-15-1935
32
40
07-24-1935
21
41
04-18-1935
24
50
05-21-1935
26
-
09-12-1935
24
37
09-29-1935
23
52
04-18-1935
22
-
09-29-1935
26
15
04-27-1935
21
20
04-16-1935
23
32
04-25-1935
25
10
09-17-1935
21
24
09-21-1935
27
24
04-25-1935
23
19
09-29-1935
25
11
04-16-1935
22
33
09-15-1935
22
19
09-22-1935
32
1935 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 1935 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."

On the final day of the 1930 season, Dizzy Dean was called up and pitched a three-hitter. In Spring Training the following year, Dean had a fight with catcher Gabby Street and the franchise left him in the Minor Leagues all season long.

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