1967 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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1967 American League Debuts

1967 A.L. Rookies | 1967 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

17
07-01-1967
19
45
04-14-1967
21
29, 46
09-20-1967
25
33
09-20-1967
22
44
06-23-1967
23
24, 40
09-21-1967
26
12
07-28-1967
23
21
07-05-1967
26
36
09-27-1967
19
35
04-14-1967
27
15, 28
07-04-1967
22
17
07-03-1967
19
15
04-14-1967
21
19
06-11-1967
25
44
04-22-1967
21
47
04-12-1967
22
12
09-01-1967
19
26
08-14-1967
29
39
06-11-1967
23
34
04-12-1967
26
35
08-13-1967
28
30
08-25-1967
26
42
09-01-1967
21
39
08-15-1967
26
17
08-08-1967
23
50
09-01-1967
25
48
09-09-1967
23
37
04-14-1967
25
8
09-08-1967
20
18
04-11-1967
27
22
08-01-1967
26
33
09-17-1967
25
39
09-17-1967
23
40
05-31-1967
25
28
05-31-1967
24
43
09-02-1967
23
34
04-11-1967
25
10
09-16-1967
26
31
06-09-1967
21
14
04-14-1967
24
28
09-17-1967
20
10
04-11-1967
25
32
04-14-1967
21
16, 17
05-13-1967
26
15
04-11-1967
20
34
04-11-1967
24
29
04-11-1967
21
21
08-09-1967
36
25
09-06-1967
23
35
09-06-1967
23
38
09-12-1967
24
14
09-05-1967
22
48
07-05-1967
26
43
09-09-1967
25
49
06-21-1967
19
17, 27
09-17-1967
22
47
05-12-1967
19
54
04-14-1967
26
30
09-10-1967
23
22
08-19-1967
24
1967 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 1967 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Did you know that on September 27, 1963 the Houston Colt .45s fielded an all-rookie lineup that included future stars Joe Morgan , Jerry Grote , and Rusty Staub ?

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.

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