1986 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

1986 American League Debuts

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57
08-09-1986
27
25
07-25-1986
27
38
09-14-1986
25
30
09-03-1986
28
25
09-14-1986
23
27
09-05-1986
26
51
05-17-1986
22
55
07-12-1986
27
63
04-10-1986
27
48
07-29-1986
23
46
07-01-1986
22
31
05-29-1986
23
38
05-29-1986
25
52
09-10-1986
22
21
04-08-1986
23
28
09-13-1986
21
26
04-09-1986
23
37
09-02-1986
23
53
08-17-1986
23
50
05-06-1986
23
14
08-03-1986
24
58
08-06-1986
23
1
09-02-1986
22
6
04-07-1986
24
43
04-09-1986
24
16
09-29-1986
20
12
09-03-1986
24
53
05-17-1986
26
28
06-13-1986
23
21
08-21-1986
21
24
04-18-1986
21
37
09-03-1986
25
45
09-02-1986
27
25
05-15-1986
22
28
05-25-1986
22
34
09-03-1986
23
17
06-11-1986
26
13
06-08-1986
23
16
09-02-1986
23
36
09-03-1986
27
27
07-07-1986
25
32
09-19-1986
26
33
09-03-1986
24
15
04-14-1986
26
41
08-17-1986
25
29
08-03-1986
23
26
07-18-1986
23
3
04-12-1986
24
48
07-18-1986
26
2
09-16-1986
22
10, 20
04-10-1986
21
37
04-11-1986
24
27
05-12-1986
22
49
06-11-1986
22
27
06-20-1986
25
62
09-06-1986
23
34, 62
05-30-1986
23
50, 36
04-26-1986
23
41
07-07-1986
27
35
04-11-1986
25
58
08-01-1986
24
8
04-12-1986
25
59
05-17-1986
24
25
08-22-1986
22
35
04-19-1986
25
49
09-09-1986
22
51
05-12-1986
22
27
09-17-1986
25
36
09-12-1986
24
14
08-09-1986
25
38
09-03-1986
24
51
09-03-1986
26
43
09-30-1986
21
8
09-06-1986
20
5, 29
04-08-1986
22
46
07-24-1986
22
34
05-31-1986
30
3
06-01-1986
20
5
06-24-1986
22
28
04-09-1986
21
48
04-10-1986
21
32
08-08-1986
22
39
04-10-1986
26
19
05-17-1986
22
35
09-02-1986
23
1986 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 1986 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

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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