1955 American 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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"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

1955 American League Debuts

1955 A.L. Rookies | 1955 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

37
04-11-1955
32
33
06-05-1955
18
5
09-11-1955
21
46
04-11-1955
25
10
06-21-1955
23
6
07-04-1955
21
25
09-23-1955
25
9, 40
04-11-1955
24
13
09-16-1955
23
24
09-25-1955
18
37
06-22-1955
18
8
04-17-1955
22
40
09-17-1955
18
22
04-11-1955
24
40
07-31-1955
22
24
05-03-1955
25
7, 11
09-17-1955
25
22
08-13-1955
17
39
04-29-1955
24
44
09-20-1955
24
27, 41
04-15-1955
23
44
04-29-1955
24
35, 26
09-10-1955
20
11
09-14-1955
30
21
09-16-1955
21
27
09-16-1955
29
22
09-10-1955
24
45, 6
04-14-1955
22
38
09-10-1955
22
28
09-10-1955
22
37
09-02-1955
27
8
07-07-1955
18
32
06-23-1955
26
35
09-24-1955
24
27
04-15-1955
21
19
06-05-1955
25
15
07-20-1955
23
26
04-12-1955
30
38
04-22-1955
24
47
04-21-1955
26
21, 25
04-12-1955
29
11
04-12-1955
27
20, 21
06-22-1955
18
12
06-05-1955
18
19
05-03-1955
25
8
09-20-1955
24
15
09-03-1955
23
46
09-16-1955
16
29
08-26-1955
29
1, 10
05-12-1955
25
10
04-23-1955
22
6
07-20-1955
25
6
08-31-1955
23
29
04-17-1955
30
31
04-17-1955
27
38
09-25-1955
22
40
05-07-1955
18
30
08-15-1955
24
32
04-14-1955
26
53
04-17-1955
22
17
08-05-1955
19
47
04-14-1955
24
44
09-25-1955
26
41
09-25-1955
22
15
04-13-1955
22
39
09-13-1955
23
21
09-04-1955
27
30, 43
04-13-1955
28
34
04-16-1955
27
16
04-13-1955
29
32
04-23-1955
26
25
04-11-1955
26
37
04-11-1955
23
28
04-11-1955
19
29
06-11-1955
21
36
06-21-1955
21
1955 American League Debuts
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Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 1955 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.

Ted Cox made his Major League debut in 1977 with the Boston Red Sox and over two games on September 18 and 19, Cox went six for six before he made an out.

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