1943 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."

"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve
1943 National League Debuts

1943 N.L. Rookies | 1943 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

14
04-24-1943
26
26
08-22-1943
23
17
04-28-1943
27
42
09-28-1943
26
-
09-22-1943
28
9
04-24-1943
29
35
04-24-1943
26
8
07-27-1943
29
-
09-27-1943
24
35
07-02-1943
18
29
05-02-1943
25
34
05-31-1943
24
-
06-24-1943
23
12
08-18-1943
18
3
05-30-1943
23
3
09-23-1943
26
28
08-18-1943
22
9
09-18-1943
30
14
10-03-1943
18
14
08-15-1943
23
4
10-03-1943
19
21
07-23-1943
23
6
05-13-1943
26
8
08-16-1943
21
31
09-18-1943
25
24
04-21-1943
27
8
09-17-1943
25
12
09-24-1943
31
20
09-26-1943
31
11
09-28-1943
20
47
09-24-1943
25
33
09-24-1943
22
24
09-17-1943
24
50
09-18-1943
32
25
04-21-1943
27
19
05-02-1943
26
20
06-12-1943
23
6
04-25-1943
30
22
09-11-1943
25
38
05-04-1943
24
29
05-30-1943
23
39
05-02-1943
24
29
05-01-1943
28
18
09-08-1943
20
22
08-28-1943
22
29
04-22-1943
33
21, 23
05-19-1943
23
28
09-28-1943
22
25
09-19-1943
22
19
04-25-1943
23
25
04-24-1943
29
-
09-16-1943
23
21, 18
06-13-1943
18
15
06-13-1943
27
6, 11
04-24-1943
25
20
08-14-1943
22
16
04-25-1943
24
25, 12
07-03-1943
20
17
08-18-1943
16
15
09-14-1943
23
20
05-15-1943
29
22
10-03-1943
28
23
10-03-1943
25
11, 26
04-24-1943
24
2
10-03-1943
24
4
04-22-1943
30
11
07-25-1943
29
27
09-26-1943
23
2
04-21-1943
24
18
05-01-1943
24
1943 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1943 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

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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