1962 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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"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve

1962 American League Debuts

1962 A.L. Rookies | 1962 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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09-26-1962
19
26
08-11-1962
27
34
09-07-1962
21
19
09-26-1962
19
17
09-22-1962
21
27
04-17-1962
24
27
09-19-1962
27
28
09-21-1962
25
42, 28
04-22-1962
26
47
09-13-1962
20
15, 19
09-12-1962
24
17
04-10-1962
25
49
09-13-1962
22
30
04-15-1962
25
4
09-09-1962
21
9
07-17-1962
27
22
04-22-1962
21
20, 50
09-08-1962
28
23
07-02-1962
21
25
09-08-1962
21
29
09-20-1962
23
8
09-18-1962
19
41
08-19-1962
24
6
09-15-1962
24
4
09-14-1962
20
10
09-11-1962
24
25
04-21-1962
25
22
04-11-1962
24
26
08-21-1962
24
23
09-30-1962
21
19
09-19-1962
22
31
09-12-1962
20
32, 51
04-09-1962
22
5, 54
06-12-1962
24
46
09-08-1962
27
46
09-02-1962
25
16
04-11-1962
28
12
04-11-1962
23
14
09-19-1962
29
17
09-30-1962
23
36
09-21-1962
20
31
04-11-1962
28
24
04-12-1962
24
15
04-10-1962
23
31
07-28-1962
20
17
09-09-1962
20
36
04-18-1962
25
22
05-08-1962
27
34
09-30-1962
19
39
09-13-1962
17
35
09-03-1962
28
17
09-16-1962
20
10
09-21-1962
19
19
04-10-1962
29
12
04-10-1962
22
11
04-15-1962
23
33
04-12-1962
21
42
04-15-1962
18
38
05-02-1962
20
37
09-09-1962
24
44
09-20-1962
19
56
04-22-1962
23
40
09-09-1962
22
41
09-11-1962
23
34
04-13-1962
22
25
04-10-1962
21
17
09-03-1962
22
19
04-17-1962
22
1
09-13-1962
19
34
09-05-1962
21
25
07-17-1962
25
20
04-14-1962
28
15
04-18-1962
28
1962 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 1962 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

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."

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