1963 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

1963 National League Debuts

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08-02-1963
29
22
09-02-1963
22
20
09-09-1963
25
33
04-19-1963
25
19
09-03-1963
24
14
04-08-1963
21
24, 8
05-12-1963
19
7
04-19-1963
22
34
04-11-1963
21
41
09-27-1963
21
42
09-27-1963
17
29
04-09-1963
19
34
07-02-1963
25
6
09-21-1963
20
48
09-27-1963
26
19
09-27-1963
19
12
09-21-1963
20
23
09-28-1963
18
22
09-29-1963
18
17
09-22-1963
21
10
04-09-1963
19
4
09-20-1963
19
16
09-21-1963
24
18
07-10-1963
21
47
09-26-1963
20
44
04-11-1963
19
34
04-22-1963
19
20
07-30-1963
23
36
09-03-1963
20
26
09-26-1963
19
5
09-18-1963
23
29
04-09-1963
22
39
04-14-1963
29
20
05-08-1963
30
28
06-16-1963
22
22
09-17-1963
19
77
09-15-1963
24
37
06-19-1963
25
25
05-12-1963
20
14
09-09-1963
20
31
04-16-1963
21
39
09-05-1963
20
33
04-16-1963
22
34
09-14-1963
21
40
04-09-1963
24
41
07-13-1963
22
29
04-09-1963
27
43
04-14-1963
24
16
07-20-1963
24
32
09-03-1963
21
37
04-10-1963
21
9
07-15-1963
26
34
04-10-1963
27
9
07-10-1963
28
44
04-14-1963
19
12
09-04-1963
23
16
05-26-1963
23
35
09-05-1963
23
14
09-10-1963
21
10
04-14-1963
19
16
07-07-1963
21
34
09-10-1963
25
36
08-14-1963
22
40
04-20-1963
30
48
04-26-1963
19
17
09-22-1963
24
19
09-25-1963
27
19
07-03-1963
25
30
04-16-1963
22
16
04-16-1963
21
10
07-31-1963
21
38
09-25-1963
28
29
09-06-1963
25
1963 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 1963 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Ray Jansen (four for five in his first game), Aubrey Epps (three for four in his first game) and Ed Irwin (two for three in his first game) all finished their career with lifetime batting averages which were greater than their career fielding percentages.

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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