1946 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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"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve

1946 National League Debuts

1946 N.L. Rookies | 1946 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

15
08-24-1946
23
23
07-14-1946
24
3
09-10-1946
26
22
05-08-1946
32
14
04-16-1946
28
29, 34
04-17-1946
24
39, 49
04-20-1946
28
31
04-22-1946
25
10
06-23-1946
22
29, 5, 6
04-16-1946
24
9
04-16-1946
29
19
04-21-1946
29
38
09-12-1946
23
-
04-28-1946
28
17, 38
04-20-1946
29
34
05-05-1946
25
38
09-22-1946
27
32
07-12-1946
22
15, 31
04-16-1946
25
18
05-05-1946
24
22
09-04-1946
30
19
09-18-1946
25
54
09-19-1946
24
38
09-13-1946
22
32
09-13-1946
27
17
09-18-1946
27
12
04-16-1946
24
42
06-09-1946
23
15
04-16-1946
23
32
04-22-1946
29
28
05-29-1946
27
19
04-16-1946
21
24
07-28-1946
31
25
04-18-1946
26
16
05-18-1946
24
19
09-09-1946
23
29
09-18-1946
26
16
09-10-1946
28
28
09-09-1946
24
23
04-18-1946
23
21
09-10-1946
20
39
04-18-1946
30
1
04-16-1946
28
23
09-09-1946
22
14
04-28-1946
20
12
09-12-1946
28
26
09-29-1946
20
27
04-16-1946
25
39, 35
08-25-1946
20
46
05-01-1946
26
49
04-21-1946
26
42
04-21-1946
26
11
09-22-1946
22
43
04-16-1946
23
11, 47
09-27-1946
28
27
09-14-1946
27
24
04-21-1946
27
17
05-26-1946
20
7
06-09-1946
20
34
04-21-1946
30
15
04-16-1946
25
23
04-21-1946
27
1946 National League Debuts
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baseball almanac fast facts

Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1946 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Did you know that on September 27, 1963 the Houston Colt .45s fielded an all-rookie lineup that included future stars Joe Morgan , Jerry Grote , and Rusty Staub ?

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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