1963 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

1963 American League Debuts

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09-07-1963
25
27
09-29-1963
18
35
04-14-1963
22
24
07-01-1963
24
25
05-04-1963
20
20
06-19-1963
24
23
04-13-1963
20
38
09-21-1963
20
29
04-14-1963
19
18
09-21-1963
26
24
09-14-1963
26
36
09-04-1963
20
14
06-04-1963
22
35
09-28-1963
22
16
07-06-1963
23
21
09-04-1963
22
25
04-09-1963
26
37
09-06-1963
20
5
05-30-1963
24
7
04-28-1963
24
16
04-09-1963
23
43
09-13-1963
26
26
06-19-1963
24
35
04-09-1963
27
41
04-09-1963
26
46
09-18-1963
25
48
09-10-1963
20
42
07-26-1963
25
29
05-12-1963
22
34
09-21-1963
19
40
08-04-1963
26
33
06-18-1963
24
36
09-20-1963
22
8
05-11-1963
24
8
09-09-1963
22
12
06-09-1963
21
29
05-10-1963
18
35
09-28-1963
20
32
04-26-1963
20
31
09-01-1963
19
35
09-29-1963
23
9
09-05-1963
22
22
09-09-1963
23
25
04-20-1963
26
20
04-14-1963
24
23
05-26-1963
27
33
09-11-1963
24
25
05-17-1963
28
30
04-09-1963
25
29, 33
04-12-1963
21
24
04-14-1963
19
32
04-20-1963
23
34
08-26-1963
26
26
05-06-1963
24
43
08-04-1963
27
42
04-11-1963
25
29
08-04-1963
23
1, 12
04-08-1963
22
17
04-13-1963
23
1963 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 1963 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Five-for-five debuts? Believe it or not it has happened twice: On June 30, 1894 Fred Clarke of the Louisville Colonels and on May 16, 1933, Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators made their Major League debuts and both went five-for-five at the plate.

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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