1978 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

1978 National League Debuts

1978 N.L. Rookies | 1978 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

21
04-07-1978
25
26
04-07-1978
24
1
04-07-1978
23
47
04-08-1978
26
2
04-08-1978
25
26
04-09-1978
26
43
04-10-1978
20
17
04-18-1978
21
9
04-22-1978
27
42
04-23-1978
24
6
05-25-1978
23
43, 49
05-25-1978
23
12
06-03-1978
24
34
06-12-1978
25
46
06-13-1978
23
5
06-16-1978
20
35
06-20-1978
21
28
06-29-1978
26
18
07-02-1978
30
15
07-07-1978
23
16
07-08-1978
22
35, 47
07-09-1978
23
17
07-14-1978
20
27
07-17-1978
24
51
07-18-1978
22
13
07-19-1978
23
16
07-29-1978
26
21
08-06-1978
22
14
08-09-1978
20
43, 48
08-17-1978
23
20
08-18-1978
23
15
09-01-1978
23
27
09-02-1978
22
21
09-03-1978
24
25
09-03-1978
22
15
09-04-1978
23
48, 16
09-04-1978
22
8
09-04-1978
21
39
09-04-1978
22
16
09-04-1978
22
34
09-04-1978
24
33
09-04-1978
24
52
09-04-1978
21
25
09-04-1978
25
59
09-05-1978
23
37
09-06-1978
26
58
09-07-1978
25
33
09-07-1978
24
20
09-07-1978
20
37
09-08-1978
22
46
09-09-1978
20
16
09-10-1978
22
56
09-11-1978
24
29
09-11-1978
21
3
09-12-1978
21
19
09-12-1978
28
15, 19
09-14-1978
21
25
09-15-1978
23
45
09-21-1978
23
27
09-22-1978
21
57
09-22-1978
22
40
09-22-1978
22
48
09-22-1978
21
44
09-26-1978
22
12
09-27-1978
25
46
10-01-1978
25
34
10-01-1978
24
33
10-01-1978
22
1978 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 1978 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 ?

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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