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."

"Baseball is the sport that cackles back at can't-miss kids. Baseball humbles every player sooner or later. Baseball confers greatness stingily, in its own sweet time. At least that's what the bow-tied essayists and sandlot scouts solemnly tell us." - Johnette Howard in Sports Illustrated
1963 American League Debuts

1963 A.L. Rookies | 1963 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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04-08-1963
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04-09-1963
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35
04-09-1963
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04-09-1963
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04-09-1963
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04-09-1963
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42
04-11-1963
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04-12-1963
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17
04-13-1963
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23
04-13-1963
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35
04-14-1963
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24
04-14-1963
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29
04-14-1963
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04-14-1963
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04-20-1963
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25
04-20-1963
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32
04-26-1963
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7
04-28-1963
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25
05-04-1963
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05-06-1963
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05-10-1963
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8
05-11-1963
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29
05-12-1963
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25
05-17-1963
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05-26-1963
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05-30-1963
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06-04-1963
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06-09-1963
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06-18-1963
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06-19-1963
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06-19-1963
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07-01-1963
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07-06-1963
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07-26-1963
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29
08-04-1963
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40
08-04-1963
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08-04-1963
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34
08-26-1963
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31
09-01-1963
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21
09-04-1963
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36
09-04-1963
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09-05-1963
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37
09-06-1963
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14
09-07-1963
25
8
09-09-1963
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09-09-1963
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09-10-1963
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33
09-11-1963
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09-13-1963
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24
09-14-1963
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09-18-1963
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09-20-1963
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09-21-1963
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34
09-21-1963
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09-21-1963
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35
09-28-1963
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35
09-28-1963
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27
09-29-1963
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35
09-29-1963
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1963 American League Debuts


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!

When Christy Mathewson made his Major League debut the newspaper wrote, "The untried semi-professional possessed great speed and plenty of confidence in himself, but could not control his curves."

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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