1980 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

1980 American League Debuts

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52
10-04-1980
23
2
09-12-1980
24
41
09-19-1980
21
9
04-17-1980
22
45
09-04-1980
27
28
09-02-1980
22
50
09-07-1980
20
18
04-12-1980
21
47
04-12-1980
22
31
05-10-1980
24
51
09-16-1980
22
28
07-13-1980
22
11, 26
05-30-1980
26
12
09-02-1980
24
3
09-02-1980
22
16
05-06-1980
23
43
09-02-1980
25
7, 14
09-02-1980
25
27
04-20-1980
23
36
07-20-1980
24
3
04-10-1980
21
29
05-23-1980
28
7
07-05-1980
21
26
09-01-1980
23
6
07-05-1980
19
48
08-11-1980
22
34
04-11-1980
24
10
04-11-1980
24
28
08-17-1980
23
44
06-06-1980
25
17
09-01-1980
23
53
08-30-1980
22
4
04-11-1980
25
50
09-06-1980
21
52
09-20-1980
26
21
07-05-1980
22
29
04-12-1980
23
45
05-27-1980
23
42
09-10-1980
21
56
04-12-1980
25
11
04-10-1980
27
23
04-10-1980
27
12, 21
09-06-1980
20
35
06-12-1980
22
20
09-18-1980
24
27, 28
05-07-1980
26
61
10-01-1980
25
55
10-04-1980
24
46
05-22-1980
24
53
06-28-1980
24
59
07-16-1980
20
28
07-16-1980
21
53
05-22-1980
25
45
04-14-1980
24
19, 56
07-01-1980
24
16
04-10-1980
20
38
04-10-1980
23
29
04-12-1980
27
58
04-22-1980
25
22
09-02-1980
27
15
09-04-1980
24
26
06-13-1980
27
29
09-08-1980
23
12
09-03-1980
25
30
06-12-1980
28
43
09-06-1980
25
2
08-30-1980
22
49
08-31-1980
20
6
05-28-1980
24
48
05-25-1980
23
15
05-24-1980
20
21
08-08-1980
25
1980 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 1980 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Did you know that Future hall of famer Addie Joss made his Major League pitching debut on April 26, 1902 and tossed a one hitter?

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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