1974 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."

"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve
1974 American League Debuts

1974 A.L. Rookies | 1974 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

45
07-02-1974
25
43
09-13-1974
25
9
04-07-1974
24
46
10-01-1974
23
39
07-03-1974
21
7
05-04-1974
23
19
09-05-1974
22
14
08-19-1974
21
8
09-10-1974
23
22
07-19-1974
23
5
06-01-1974
22
37
04-09-1974
25
52
09-13-1974
24
16
04-26-1974
22
44
07-09-1974
22
1
07-06-1974
22
47
08-18-1974
21
40
06-07-1974
27
48
05-18-1974
23
55
08-08-1974
21
34
04-12-1974
23
20
09-06-1974
20
38
07-31-1974
23
13, 47
07-04-1974
25
34
09-06-1974
25
18
09-09-1974
24
42
08-01-1974
26
25
09-14-1974
22
44
09-03-1974
23
31
09-09-1974
23
43
09-01-1974
24
45
08-11-1974
25
18
04-06-1974
22
22
09-04-1974
23
38
09-01-1974
25
43
09-25-1974
21
35
08-20-1974
22
14
05-10-1974
25
37
09-10-1974
20
8
09-10-1974
28
27
09-08-1974
20
2
04-10-1974
23
25
05-19-1974
21
19
04-05-1974
18
1
04-05-1974
23
25
04-28-1974
22
31
09-14-1974
23
32
09-10-1974
23
43
05-31-1974
24
40
08-09-1974
24
18, 52
09-07-1974
21
40
04-28-1974
26
51
09-29-1974
21
20
04-13-1974
26
23
05-12-1974
27
28
05-04-1974
27
15
07-05-1974
19
3
04-04-1974
22
4
04-07-1974
23
21
04-07-1974
24
27
09-09-1974
20
8
10-01-1974
24
30
09-21-1974
26
38
09-14-1974
28
10
04-04-1974
22
46
09-21-1974
23
23
07-05-1974
24
1974 American League Debuts


Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the American League during the 1974 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.

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."

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