1980 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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1980 National League Debuts

1980 N.L. Rookies | 1980 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

22
08-25-1980
23
19
09-12-1980
25
47
08-04-1980
22
17
04-22-1980
23
16
09-30-1980
22
30
04-10-1980
24
34
09-06-1980
24
46
09-01-1980
22
23
07-20-1980
24
38
07-05-1980
25
48
09-02-1980
24
56
08-26-1980
21
43
08-10-1980
24
57
09-02-1980
25
49
06-14-1980
23
22
09-01-1980
23
45
04-11-1980
25
57
04-11-1980
22
17
09-01-1980
25
45
09-13-1980
26
14
04-20-1980
21
34
09-15-1980
19
1
09-13-1980
24
53
06-12-1980
23
54
06-08-1980
23
24
06-02-1980
26
47
10-05-1980
27
58
09-06-1980
22
28
09-02-1980
20
39
09-04-1980
23
17
09-20-1980
22
59
08-31-1980
24
4
05-24-1980
22
3, 61
04-25-1980
22
1
09-02-1980
24
16
04-19-1980
21
50
09-07-1980
22
43
09-12-1980
19
30
09-07-1980
23
28
09-11-1980
20
22
09-02-1980
24
17
09-30-1980
25
34
04-13-1980
21
24
10-05-1980
23
29
04-13-1980
23
41
05-26-1980
23
49
06-01-1980
23
6
09-01-1980
23
25
05-07-1980
22
57
04-17-1980
24
36
08-12-1980
26
43
04-16-1980
25
4
08-15-1980
24
42
09-20-1980
22
7
08-12-1980
25
34
06-30-1980
22
18
08-31-1980
24
48
09-04-1980
24
40
07-14-1980
25
29
06-07-1980
22
2
07-10-1980
25
28, 53
07-25-1980
27
50
08-05-1980
22
21
09-02-1980
24
7
09-06-1980
21
10
05-27-1980
22
21
07-23-1980
25
43
09-06-1980
25
50
06-08-1980
26
33
08-27-1980
24
47
09-12-1980
23
46
09-15-1980
21
12
09-06-1980
23
1980 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 1980 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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."

Five-for-five debuts? Believe it or not it has happened twice: On June 30, 1894 Fred Clarke of the Louisville Colonels and on May 16, 1933, Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators made their Major League debuts and both went five-for-five at the plate.

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