1986 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."

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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 National League Debuts

1986 N.L. Rookies | 1986 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

30
04-12-1986
25
31
06-02-1986
28
39
07-30-1986
29
48
04-12-1986
21
44
09-14-1986
23
31
09-02-1986
20
41
08-15-1986
27
1
06-15-1986
21
49
06-16-1986
23
25
09-08-1986
21
28
04-09-1986
22
29, 57
04-07-1986
25
43
08-31-1986
29
15
08-13-1986
22
11
04-13-1986
20
38
04-09-1986
26
42
07-24-1986
24
38
06-05-1986
25
26
07-03-1986
25
51
04-13-1986
22
30
04-08-1986
26
7
09-02-1986
24
52
05-07-1986
22
33
06-28-1986
22
20
09-03-1986
26
38
06-22-1986
23
9
06-05-1986
25
14
07-19-1986
25
49
04-11-1986
24
17
08-03-1986
22
55
09-09-1986
23
50
09-10-1986
22
32
06-09-1986
29
2
09-02-1986
22
49
05-17-1986
25
27
09-07-1986
23
33
04-19-1986
25
29
09-07-1986
23
43
09-08-1986
21
34
09-02-1986
24
48
09-16-1986
23
33
08-11-1986
21
26
04-23-1986
23
18, 11
04-18-1986
25
44
06-03-1986
24
47
06-28-1986
22
7, 24
05-30-1986
21
54
09-06-1986
21
50
07-18-1986
23
16
09-01-1986
22
13
09-14-1986
24
7
09-15-1986
22
36
07-01-1986
22
57
09-01-1986
21
12
09-14-1986
23
20
09-14-1986
24
25
09-20-1986
25
45
09-21-1986
22
44
04-07-1986
25
27
09-20-1986
25
17
09-14-1986
26
2
04-07-1986
22
10
09-14-1986
21
50
09-17-1986
24
12
05-27-1986
24
1
05-28-1986
25
26
09-10-1986
25
22
04-08-1986
22
37
07-29-1986
25
26
05-10-1986
27
9
06-19-1986
26
45
06-08-1986
23
12
09-10-1986
24
6
04-08-1986
23
41
09-22-1986
30
15
09-03-1986
24
53
06-03-1986
24
33
08-05-1986
25
47
07-17-1986
27
1986 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 1986 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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