1989 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

"Baseball is the sport that cackles back at can't-miss kids. Baseball humbles every player sooner or later. Baseball confers greatness stingily, in its own sweet time. At least that's what the bow-tied essayists and sandlot scouts solemnly tell us." - Johnette Howard in Sports Illustrated

1989 National League Debuts

1989 N.L. Rookies | 1989 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

22
04-05-1989
24
31
09-13-1989
23
33
09-10-1989
22
23
05-24-1989
23
24
04-13-1989
23
38
09-04-1989
22
50
09-22-1989
21
52
09-20-1989
24
30
08-24-1989
22
12
06-07-1989
25
10
07-05-1989
25
7
04-04-1989
24
43
08-22-1989
24
18
05-01-1989
25
16
09-02-1989
22
11
04-05-1989
28
20
04-04-1989
23
38
08-21-1989
22
9
07-15-1989
23
15
07-14-1989
23
56
09-01-1989
20
55
08-09-1989
25
47
06-06-1989
21
23
07-28-1989
21
52
08-28-1989
27
15
04-09-1989
24
25
09-10-1989
22
46
09-10-1989
28
45
08-07-1989
25
56
09-06-1989
24
44
09-10-1989
21
57
05-31-1989
22
41
05-10-1989
25
40
05-16-1989
27
9
08-22-1989
22
43, 61
04-05-1989
24
49
05-16-1989
26
33
08-16-1989
22
38
09-16-1989
25
31
09-07-1989
23
15
06-06-1989
26
26
07-04-1989
25
47
07-17-1989
25
38
09-05-1989
22
54
09-08-1989
22
51
09-04-1989
21
60
09-08-1989
23
42
04-16-1989
24
7
06-02-1989
24
38
07-27-1989
26
40
08-11-1989
21
39
08-10-1989
24
26
07-07-1989
23
15
05-02-1989
24
36
06-28-1989
26
33
08-03-1989
25
33
09-20-1989
27
59
05-18-1989
25
12
09-06-1989
24
27
08-18-1989
23
1989 National League Debuts
baseball almanac flat baseball

baseball almanac fast facts

Find out which players bid farewell to their field's of dreams in the National League during the 1989 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.

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.

Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac19h
NEW BIOGRAPHY: We already had some AMAZING research on this overlooked legend (Bill James said he was 20th best cat… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac14 Jan
Gracias por compartir nuestra publicación de Instragram con sus seguidores y seguir Baseball Almanac. [IG:… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac14 Jan
Rcvd cemetery name for Billy DeMars today (thank you @CharlieRGa). Added a GREAT quote made by Pete Rose (… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac14 Jan
#TBT : In 1882, Curry Foley [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…] became 1st #MLB player to hit for the cycle - actual newspape… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac13 Jan
Joe McCarthy, 4th MGR inducted into #HOF, was 1st skipper to win pennants in both the AL & NL! #OTD 1978, Marse Joe… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac12 Jan
#OTD 1961, #Cubs owner #Wrigley added 2 more names to College of Coaches - where 8 #coaches rotated at helm during… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac11 Jan
eMail Question: "Now that Tommy Lasorda passed away, who is the oldest living hall of famer?" Answer: Our 500 OLDES… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac11 Jan
The designated hitter "experiment" (3-year trial) was approved #OTD in 1973. See other rule changes; spitball ban,… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac10 Jan
Bill Haywood. Fourteen games pitched with the 1968 #Washington #Senators. Post office supplied us with a new home a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac08 Jan
RIP Tommy Lasorda. Starting the "MLB Players Who Died in 2021" research set is NEVER good, but starting it with one… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac08 Jan
Harvey Haddix (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…): DYK he was the first NL pitcher to EVER win a Gold Glove? The Kitten died… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac06 Jan
It's NATIONAL BEAN DAY (🤓). Seriously! 1 #MLB player, Harry Keener, RHP with 1896 #Phillies was nicknamed Beans!… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac06 Jan
Baseball Almanac: #OTD 2016, Ken Griffey, Jr. was elected to #Baseball #HOF by #BBWAA with highest percentage of vo… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac05 Jan
Rcvd GREAT quote for Enzo Hernandez [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…], speedster with #Padres ('71-77) & #Dodgers ('78). Ad… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac05 Jan
Ron Kittle (baseball-almanac.com/players/player…) hit 176 HRs and ZERO grand slams, 2nd most career HRS without a big league sla… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac05 Jan
Wouldn't it be AMAZING if the @Dodgers still had the plane, and kept it over at #DodgerStadium for fans to climb in… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac04 Jan
MLB Minimum Wage UPDATED: added 2021 minimum wage data ($570,500) to research found on Baseball Almanac [… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac04 Jan
@TheStevenSharp Baseball Almanac right now. Thx for reminding us, it is actually 2021 (finally). * getting more cof… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac03 Jan
Baseball Almanac Photo of the Day on our Instagram (instagram.com/baseballalmana…). Follow us in 2021 if you ❤️⚾️… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Baseball Almanac@BaseballAlmanac03 Jan
Darren Daulton [baseball-almanac.com/players/player…] was 5th NL catcher to lead his league in RBIs. DYK that the 4 backstops wh… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…
Desktop Version