1960 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."

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"There is a certain amount of fascination to the big league debut of any athlete. Sometimes they are incredible successes. Sometimes they are frenetic failures." - Sportswriter Arthur Daley

1960 American League Debuts

1960 A.L. Rookies | 1960 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

29, 59
04-21-1960
22
44
09-13-1960
24
16, 1
04-19-1960
26
23
04-21-1960
22
33
05-24-1960
20
21
05-15-1960
27
4
04-22-1960
22
2
09-02-1960
25
21
09-27-1960
27
8
04-20-1960
29
39
09-14-1960
23
40
09-18-1960
23
3
08-10-1960
24
12
04-19-1960
22
26
09-14-1960
21
34, 1
07-22-1960
21
38
09-03-1960
25
34
04-22-1960
24
20
05-06-1960
18
32, 30
07-31-1960
24
22
04-22-1960
24
25
04-19-1960
27
23
04-22-1960
25
3
09-17-1960
20
16
07-19-1960
23
27
07-03-1960
22
47
09-18-1960
25
5
04-19-1960
24
48
09-21-1960
24
37
09-21-1960
24
45
09-18-1960
24
27
09-23-1960
24
6
09-20-1960
22
46
04-23-1960
22
22
08-17-1960
21
29
09-30-1960
23
11
07-03-1960
28
4
09-13-1960
23
39
09-24-1960
25
32, 28
04-18-1960
21
35
09-02-1960
24
1960 American League Debuts
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baseball almanac fast facts

Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 1960 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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?

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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