1941 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
1941 National League Debuts

1941 N.L. Rookies | 1941 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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04-18-1941
28
20
04-19-1941
24
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09-07-1941
25
27
06-20-1941
20
3
07-18-1941
24
29
09-03-1941
22
32
09-28-1941
22
47
09-27-1941
23
24
08-01-1941
22
32
04-17-1941
25
21
09-06-1941
24
20
09-21-1941
24
3
09-12-1941
24
17
09-28-1941
22
35
09-12-1941
24
26, 19
04-15-1941
25
19, 29
04-17-1941
21
4, 16, 18
06-08-1941
23
33
04-27-1941
27
7
09-06-1941
20
15
04-15-1941
23
27
04-15-1941
21
16
05-15-1941
24
9
09-11-1941
21
26
08-06-1941
21
28
09-09-1941
24
19
06-09-1941
21
12
09-11-1941
23
27
04-15-1941
31
33
08-13-1941
25
35
09-13-1941
30
29
09-09-1941
26
36
09-13-1941
22
18
09-10-1941
21
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09-12-1941
24
24
09-11-1941
24
33
09-12-1941
21
6
09-14-1941
23
23
07-26-1941
23
30
06-17-1941
22
28
04-19-1941
21
33
09-07-1941
22
9
09-14-1941
20
8
04-17-1941
24
16
07-03-1941
23
15
04-20-1941
27
24
09-20-1941
26
38
09-20-1941
22
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09-20-1941
27
8
09-10-1941
25
14
04-19-1941
24
39
04-22-1941
26
21
09-28-1941
23
19
09-18-1941
21
33
04-17-1941
30
34
04-18-1941
24
1
09-23-1941
23
42
04-17-1941
25
33
06-14-1941
21
6
09-17-1941
20
37
08-20-1941
20
38
09-18-1941
23
1941 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1941 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

When Christy Mathewson made his Major League debut the newspaper wrote, "The untried semi-professional possessed great speed and plenty of confidence in himself, but could not control his curves."

Ray Jansen (four for five in his first game), Aubrey Epps (three for four in his first game) and Ed Irwin (two for three in his first game) all finished their career with lifetime batting averages which were greater than their career fielding percentages.

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