1969 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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"There is a certain amount of fascination to the big league debut of any athlete. Sometimes they are incredible successes. Sometimes they are frenetic failures." - Sportswriter Arthur Daley

1969 National League Debuts

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

2
09-13-1969
19
36
09-03-1969
23
4
04-07-1969
20
45
05-28-1969
29
2, 11
04-20-1969
21
22
06-12-1969
22
23
08-30-1969
28
22
10-02-1969
19
31
04-12-1969
24
20
06-15-1969
22
38, 48
07-13-1969
23
36
09-18-1969
22
45
04-20-1969
20
20
08-27-1969
19
43
09-06-1969
25
48
06-30-1969
20
42
04-10-1969
22
8
04-20-1969
22
8
07-24-1969
27
25
09-02-1969
22
12
04-11-1969
21
21
07-11-1969
24
44
05-01-1969
25
34
06-01-1969
26
34
04-16-1969
21
38
04-10-1969
21
26
09-15-1969
23
37
09-16-1969
22
47
09-06-1969
21
38
09-21-1969
19
6
09-01-1969
20
1
04-22-1969
23
12
09-02-1969
21
42
08-01-1969
24
18
04-07-1969
20
41
04-07-1969
23
8
09-23-1969
23
2
09-02-1969
19
43
04-08-1969
20
41
09-17-1969
22
39
04-08-1969
29
44
04-11-1969
25
18
06-27-1969
24
42
09-19-1969
22
27
04-08-1969
25
24
04-09-1969
22
31
05-15-1969
26
11
04-12-1969
21
17
04-08-1969
23
39
04-10-1969
22
38
09-19-1969
21
29
09-19-1969
26
1
06-26-1969
26
23
07-04-1969
28
31
06-04-1969
21
34
04-08-1969
24
26
06-21-1969
21
28
04-09-1969
26
25
04-29-1969
27
23
05-07-1969
25
40
09-10-1969
22
10
05-13-1969
25
2
04-09-1969
25
24
04-08-1969
26
45
09-10-1969
25
30
09-13-1969
21
24
06-17-1969
21
14
06-14-1969
24
31
09-15-1969
22
29
05-30-1969
23
15
06-18-1969
26
44
06-17-1969
23
30
09-08-1969
23
36
04-11-1969
23
31
04-21-1969
22
14, 36
06-13-1969
23
36
09-08-1969
20
43
04-11-1969
20
35
09-03-1969
21
32
09-05-1969
20
15
07-06-1969
24
35
04-08-1969
21
10
05-25-1969
23
37, 2
05-24-1969
22
12
09-08-1969
24
39
09-08-1969
22
41
10-01-1969
24
14
09-10-1969
20
32
10-01-1969
21
30
08-15-1969
27
22
10-01-1969
21
35
09-18-1969
24
11
06-15-1969
21
36
09-30-1969
20
19
08-15-1969
27
37
09-05-1969
21
49
09-27-1969
20
42
05-27-1969
27
1969 National League Debuts
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baseball almanac fast facts

Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1969 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 ?

Rich Amaral spent nine seasons in the Minor Leagues and upon his callup he commented, "I've been to every baseball park in America, except those in the American and National League."

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