1987 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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"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve

1987 National League Debuts

1987 N.L. Rookies | 1987 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

32
07-05-1987
21
48
09-05-1987
25
43
09-05-1987
22
5
09-06-1987
22
47
08-17-1987
21
25
09-08-1987
21
29
04-30-1987
25
34
09-05-1987
23
17
06-16-1987
24
50
04-07-1987
24
16
06-01-1987
27
26
04-06-1987
24
23
04-06-1987
28
8
07-11-1987
23
40
08-01-1987
25
35
05-23-1987
23
58
09-04-1987
24
9
09-14-1987
23
11
07-16-1987
24
23
05-26-1987
24
56
09-11-1987
22
53
04-13-1987
23
2
07-08-1987
22
49
09-06-1987
25
52
07-27-1987
26
40
09-02-1987
24
45
08-14-1987
22
57
08-09-1987
22
56
04-06-1987
26
50
09-14-1987
23
7
04-07-1987
24
33
09-01-1987
27
39
06-19-1987
23
35
05-12-1987
31
21
04-06-1987
22
41
09-01-1987
28
47
09-16-1987
26
32
09-08-1987
24
32
06-02-1987
25
40
05-16-1987
24
9
09-06-1987
20
25
06-16-1987
24
27
09-12-1987
25
25
04-14-1987
26
37, 7
06-24-1987
26
52
08-10-1987
24
7
09-12-1987
24
45
08-20-1987
26
50
09-09-1987
24
38
05-01-1987
21
55
09-12-1987
22
41
06-05-1987
24
42
04-09-1987
25
29
07-08-1987
23
58
07-05-1987
23
47
09-14-1987
24
56
05-29-1987
27
13
08-28-1987
23
38
09-04-1987
24
46
09-22-1987
23
52
04-30-1987
28
28
09-08-1987
21
47
09-07-1987
22
4
04-06-1987
21
23
05-25-1987
23
37
08-01-1987
23
21
04-06-1987
25
51, 40
09-15-1987
22
17
09-15-1987
22
26
09-09-1987
25
10, 17
07-17-1987
24
60, 10
04-11-1987
21
5
04-29-1987
28
21
07-10-1987
24
41
04-25-1987
22
19
04-12-1987
24
36
08-11-1987
24
1987 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 1987 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

On April 13, 1954, Hank Aaron made his Major League debut and went 0-for-5. However, in his own autobiography Aaron wrote that he went 0-for-4.

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