1942 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."

"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
1942 National League Debuts

1942 N.L. Rookies | 1942 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

31
09-12-1942
23
20
04-19-1942
24
21
04-19-1942
25
3
04-14-1942
23
24
04-25-1942
21
1
04-14-1942
25
11
04-20-1942
24
20
09-10-1942
24
28
04-24-1942
24
19
09-19-1942
26
16
04-19-1942
20
27
04-20-1942
30
16
05-05-1942
20
19
04-19-1942
22
33
04-30-1942
20
3
09-22-1942
23
31
05-17-1942
27
31
09-06-1942
37
17
04-15-1942
26
32
09-07-1942
23
2, 43
04-19-1942
26
30
04-16-1942
27
2
09-11-1942
21
45
05-12-1942
21
9
04-16-1942
26
43
04-14-1942
24
48
09-16-1942
22
46
09-10-1942
21
45
09-07-1942
24
12
04-23-1942
28
44
04-21-1942
19
28
07-18-1942
25
4
04-19-1942
23
21
05-10-1942
28
16
07-19-1942
23
29
05-31-1942
20
21
09-24-1942
20
2
04-14-1942
21
19
04-14-1942
23
6
04-14-1942
22
19
09-01-1942
23
5
04-15-1942
23
25
09-17-1942
28
16
08-31-1942
19
30
09-11-1942
23
25
04-14-1942
24
6
09-12-1942
19
33
09-10-1942
24
32
04-15-1942
22
33
04-14-1942
21
12
04-26-1942
21
18
04-14-1942
26
-
09-12-1942
24
4
07-17-1942
25
32
09-12-1942
23
-
09-14-1942
27
23
09-10-1942
23
2
04-18-1942
22
2
09-27-1942
24
5
04-14-1942
25
1942 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1942 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

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.

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