1954 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

1954 National League Debuts

1954 N.L. Rookies | 1954 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

38
08-10-1954
23
43
04-18-1954
26
29, 27
08-05-1954
26
40
06-29-1954
28
48
09-22-1954
23
21
04-20-1954
30
27, 35
07-02-1954
34
23
07-02-1954
23
27
04-15-1954
24
22
04-18-1954
29
48
09-11-1954
26
12
04-21-1954
26
31
09-06-1954
25
30
08-10-1954
26
34
04-24-1954
22
52
04-13-1954
23
55
04-24-1954
26
33
06-12-1954
24
38
05-02-1954
27
21
04-17-1954
24
51
04-17-1954
31
10
04-17-1954
29
19
06-13-1954
22
31
09-11-1954
26
42
04-23-1954
25
49
04-17-1954
25
5
04-13-1954
20
20
04-13-1954
22
15
05-29-1954
26
7
04-13-1954
25
24
04-18-1954
25
12
05-02-1954
20
18
08-04-1954
23
15
04-22-1954
26
41
04-14-1954
27
31
07-10-1954
21
23
09-09-1954
25
34
07-02-1954
21
5
09-07-1954
24
17
04-15-1954
24
27
04-14-1954
24
5
06-20-1954
25
26
04-21-1954
26
12
04-13-1954
27
5
04-20-1954
25
27
06-20-1954
23
44
04-21-1954
22
10
04-13-1954
26
8
04-13-1954
22
46
04-18-1954
25
26
04-13-1954
25
30
04-15-1954
26
14
04-15-1954
23
23
04-18-1954
24
18
07-04-1954
23
34
04-14-1954
24
7
04-13-1954
24
3
04-13-1954
22
39
04-24-1954
28
10
04-13-1954
28
39
06-29-1954
25
28
04-17-1954
26
28
06-30-1954
22
4
04-13-1954
28
34
05-31-1954
29
45
08-06-1954
24
31
06-24-1954
29
25
04-13-1954
33
40
04-20-1954
23
20
04-13-1954
24
39
04-17-1954
25
1954 National League Debuts
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Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1954 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

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.

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