1950 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."

"You never forget your first hit in the Major Leagues. It was in my third at bat. That was kind of a relief. You could start off 0-for-34." - Ralph Kiner
1950 National League Debuts

1950 N.L. Rookies | 1950 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

6
09-01-1950
24
16
09-09-1950
20
20, 36
04-24-1950
22
12
04-28-1950
24
5
04-18-1950
32
50, 19
04-28-1950
25
22
04-30-1950
26
39
04-30-1950
24
26
04-23-1950
21
6
07-04-1950
23
18
04-18-1950
19
41
04-18-1950
23
11
07-13-1950
21
7
09-16-1950
23
38
05-18-1950
20
35
09-25-1950
28
2
04-18-1950
23
33
09-21-1950
23
25
07-16-1950
23
22
04-22-1950
24
32
09-27-1950
17
2
05-02-1950
24
36
05-03-1950
22
33
09-09-1950
19
17
04-23-1950
22
38
04-22-1950
29
23
06-24-1950
18
8
07-30-1950
20
32
04-18-1950
22
2
09-14-1950
19
10
09-26-1950
20
6
04-19-1950
24
15, 20
05-05-1950
21
24
04-18-1950
25
30
08-17-1950
24
41
09-15-1950
26
23
04-30-1950
25
20
09-04-1950
21
39
09-16-1950
23
21, 18
05-30-1950
21
3
04-22-1950
19
20
06-11-1950
20
25
05-06-1950
21
11
07-14-1950
21
13
07-17-1950
24
14
05-07-1950
24
40
09-28-1950
29
22
09-18-1950
24
10
04-20-1950
20
1950 National League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1950 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Rich Amaral spent nine seasons in the Minor Leagues and upon his callup he commented, "I've been to every baseball park in America, except those in the American and National League."

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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