1977 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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1977 National League Debuts

1977 N.L. Rookies | 1977 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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05-04-1977
23
30
09-24-1977
27
32
05-06-1977
25
42
05-04-1977
24
39
08-13-1977
25
24
09-13-1977
25
37, 48
06-11-1977
20
34
08-05-1977
23
20
09-17-1977
21
23
04-07-1977
23
38
04-09-1977
22
47
08-21-1977
24
10
08-18-1977
24
50
09-05-1977
24
47
05-25-1977
24
31
06-21-1977
23
36
07-21-1977
21
38
09-12-1977
24
38
04-19-1977
21
19
06-18-1977
22
20
09-22-1977
24
37
07-30-1977
22
10
09-03-1977
21
9
04-08-1977
24
21
07-12-1977
21
53
09-22-1977
21
45
09-21-1977
24
41
09-10-1977
22
56
08-27-1977
24
51
09-02-1977
21
38
07-23-1977
24
44
09-10-1977
25
28
09-09-1977
22
43
09-04-1977
22
5
06-16-1977
24
31
09-13-1977
23
33
09-27-1977
22
20
09-15-1977
21
35
09-08-1977
21
30
05-05-1977
25
40
05-06-1977
25
43
09-05-1977
28
22
04-09-1977
26
30
09-18-1977
24
35
09-18-1977
22
4
08-22-1977
20
26
09-10-1977
25
31
09-05-1977
25
48
09-04-1977
23
46
09-04-1977
22
39
04-06-1977
23
36
09-13-1977
18
29
04-06-1977
23
47
04-10-1977
22
34
04-09-1977
24
36
09-12-1977
27
16
09-15-1977
24
24
08-22-1977
21
35
04-07-1977
24
38
04-10-1977
22
1977 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 1977 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

On April 13, 1954, Hank Aaron made his Major League debut and went 0-for-5. However, in his own autobiography Aaron wrote that he went 0-for-4.

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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