1985 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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"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

1985 National League Debuts

1985 N.L. Rookies | 1985 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

38
07-25-1985
23
43
06-01-1985
26
14
09-03-1985
21
32
09-04-1985
23
12
04-09-1985
22
49
07-30-1985
23
30
06-17-1985
22
35
09-06-1985
28
51
07-13-1985
24
46, 54
09-13-1985
25
57, 21
09-03-1985
22
10
08-10-1985
30
9
08-26-1985
25
24
04-24-1985
24
22
06-08-1985
27
37
07-27-1985
21
41
07-08-1985
24
42
04-13-1985
26
46
09-08-1985
24
25
04-09-1985
22
47
09-02-1985
20
50
09-09-1985
25
57
09-08-1985
25
48
07-07-1985
21
51
09-02-1985
25
44
04-08-1985
26
54
09-04-1985
22
12
08-23-1985
24
4
06-14-1985
24
17
07-01-1985
21
38
06-12-1985
23
21
04-11-1985
25
4
05-03-1985
22
33, 44
04-15-1985
24
42
04-11-1985
24
48
10-06-1985
23
50
05-17-1985
23
33
08-10-1985
25
56
09-08-1985
22
17
06-04-1985
24
27
06-25-1985
21
50
08-12-1985
21
46
09-02-1985
26
48
08-09-1985
24
26
06-16-1985
24
34
09-11-1985
26
26
09-03-1985
21
43
09-21-1985
24
41
09-11-1985
25
36
07-19-1985
24
29
04-18-1985
23
27
06-22-1985
24
10
06-04-1985
25
37
09-12-1985
26
38
08-28-1985
25
1985 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 1985 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.

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."

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