1937 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."

"Baseball is the sport that cackles back at can't-miss kids. Baseball humbles every player sooner or later. Baseball confers greatness stingily, in its own sweet time. At least that's what the bow-tied essayists and sandlot scouts solemnly tell us." - Johnette Howard in Sports Illustrated
1937 National League Debuts

1937 N.L. Rookies | 1937 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

6
04-19-1937
24
16
04-26-1937
30
23
04-30-1937
33
22
05-05-1937
26
30
04-23-1937
29
7
07-13-1937
25
8
05-30-1937
26
20
09-09-1937
27
24
07-24-1937
26
18
09-27-1937
23
4
09-09-1937
23
4
04-26-1937
27
28
09-25-1937
25
21
09-11-1937
20
32
09-14-1937
25
41
04-22-1937
28
49
10-03-1937
22
43
05-07-1937
22
8
04-22-1937
23
43
06-23-1937
21
12
09-15-1937
22
1, 38
07-22-1937
27
7
09-21-1937
21
15
09-19-1937
22
17
04-20-1937
34
28
09-15-1937
25
29
09-14-1937
22
37
09-14-1937
22
26
06-20-1937
21
6
04-20-1937
24
27, 31
04-22-1937
22
16
04-25-1937
25
41
09-19-1937
23
41
07-21-1937
23
37
08-07-1937
24
45
04-19-1937
30
30
04-23-1937
27
20
04-19-1937
22
23
04-19-1937
24
44
10-03-1937
21
32
09-29-1937
25
50
04-30-1937
24
29
05-01-1937
23
30
09-16-1937
23
15
04-23-1937
26
31
05-04-1937
25
22
09-12-1937
21
8
05-02-1937
21
4
04-23-1937
25
28
08-26-1937
25
22
07-10-1937
33
1937 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1937 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

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.

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