1969 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

1969 American League Debuts

1969 A.L. Rookies | 1969 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

37
09-04-1969
22
18
07-01-1969
24
4
04-11-1969
21
40
09-18-1969
21
39
09-22-1969
20
17
04-15-1969
22
37
06-25-1969
22
43
09-14-1969
22
15
04-21-1969
21
19
04-15-1969
25
51, 50, 40
09-01-1969
19
33
04-09-1969
22
29
09-09-1969
22
28
09-11-1969
25
17
08-26-1969
23
42
09-09-1969
22
40, 19
05-28-1969
25
23
06-07-1969
22
39
09-27-1969
27
32
09-08-1969
26
1
06-06-1969
26
10
07-10-1969
24
41
06-20-1969
26
42
09-08-1969
19
47
09-08-1969
20
23
09-04-1969
22
27
04-11-1969
25
22
09-05-1969
23
21
07-27-1969
25
54
08-01-1969
22
36
04-10-1969
23
17
08-09-1969
22
18
05-02-1969
19
38
09-02-1969
23
41
06-29-1969
23
9
06-17-1969
27
35
04-11-1969
24
36
09-13-1969
21
20
09-05-1969
24
39
04-26-1969
24
47
09-02-1969
23
28
06-18-1969
29
27
04-22-1969
26
29
04-09-1969
22
38
09-03-1969
21
41
04-11-1969
23
42
09-08-1969
23
45
09-03-1969
22
21
06-18-1969
20
44
09-02-1969
22
23
06-20-1969
24
28
06-02-1969
24
46
09-01-1969
25
12
04-09-1969
26
27
05-21-1969
27
8
09-23-1969
20
28
09-02-1969
23
9
04-08-1969
25
22
04-11-1969
24
27
04-11-1969
22
18
04-08-1969
24
25
08-12-1969
23
12
09-10-1969
21
50
04-11-1969
21
23
05-17-1969
20
51
09-15-1969
25
21
05-17-1969
22
55
09-15-1969
26
15
08-08-1969
22
21
07-20-1969
19
15
09-01-1969
23
16, 24
06-04-1969
27
37
07-09-1969
22
24
05-29-1969
22
32, 45
07-11-1969
22
46
04-27-1969
23
14
09-01-1969
23
36
06-26-1969
24
22
09-11-1969
22
45, 50
06-18-1969
20
30
04-20-1969
31
51
08-15-1969
37
22
09-06-1969
24
17
09-05-1969
20
14
08-20-1969
24
1969 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 1969 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

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.

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