1956 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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"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

1956 National League Debuts

1956 N.L. Rookies | 1956 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

34
09-19-1956
18
9
04-19-1956
26
27
09-18-1956
21
53
04-17-1956
19
3
07-14-1956
24
43
04-17-1956
25
15
04-17-1956
22
26
08-07-1956
21
47
04-17-1956
25
23
07-01-1956
21
10
04-21-1956
26
50
04-25-1956
24
12
04-25-1956
27
40
04-20-1956
26
24
09-16-1956
31
27
09-09-1956
18
36
09-02-1956
23
20
04-17-1956
20
48
04-19-1956
38
43
04-19-1956
24
28
09-04-1956
24
5
06-21-1956
21
19
04-21-1956
35
17
06-08-1956
22
37, 14
04-20-1956
24
12, 30
04-22-1956
25
34
06-14-1956
24
39
06-24-1956
23
38
04-25-1956
26
29
09-03-1956
17
17
09-23-1956
24
45, 15
05-07-1956
22
31
09-30-1956
23
39
09-19-1956
23
34
05-25-1956
21
44
09-21-1956
22
45
04-25-1956
25
35
04-22-1956
29
48
09-16-1956
27
25, 37
05-13-1956
27
17
04-17-1956
25
9
07-07-1956
19
25
04-18-1956
23
27
07-08-1956
21
24
07-22-1956
21
21
04-21-1956
21
38
07-17-1956
27
18
05-02-1956
24
1956 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 1956 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

Did you know that Future hall of famer Addie Joss made his Major League pitching debut on April 26, 1902 and tossed a one hitter?

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