1990 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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"There is no Major League record held by a rookie. It's revealing to see just how far the rookie marks are below the single season marks. This is a testament to how difficult the game is to learn and play." - Luke Salisbury in The Answer is Baseball (1989)

1990 American League Debuts

1990 A.L. Rookies | 1990 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

11
09-17-1990
24
21
05-08-1990
23
50
08-19-1990
24
45
09-05-1990
22
59
04-28-1990
25
19
04-12-1990
29
11
07-15-1990
23
7
08-21-1990
21
10
08-18-1990
28
44
08-04-1990
22
46
09-25-1990
24
37
09-19-1990
27
9
07-16-1990
23
35
07-14-1990
25
32
08-02-1990
20
14
04-13-1990
25
52
04-28-1990
25
28
04-30-1990
26
31
04-09-1990
22
15, 35
08-02-1990
22
9
04-14-1990
21
34
04-15-1990
24
2
07-27-1990
24
45
06-07-1990
25
41
06-29-1990
23
57
04-30-1990
23
2
05-22-1990
29
33
08-13-1990
24
50
07-27-1990
26
68
09-10-1990
25
30
09-09-1990
22
22
09-06-1990
21
24
07-07-1990
21
12
09-07-1990
26
43
04-14-1990
24
47
09-17-1990
24
57
08-21-1990
24
19
09-16-1990
24
54
07-27-1990
26
59
09-16-1990
23
49
09-18-1990
22
56
08-07-1990
22
50
05-01-1990
23
40
09-18-1990
30
52
07-17-1990
26
58
09-10-1990
21
35
09-09-1990
22
26
09-03-1990
25
37
08-21-1990
22
19
09-09-1990
24
46
06-25-1990
22
41
09-18-1990
19
31
09-03-1990
24
5
09-01-1990
21
59
09-12-1990
25
50
07-17-1990
25
56
07-24-1990
27
12
06-08-1990
26
24
06-29-1990
25
28, 69
04-14-1990
23
59
07-31-1990
26
46
04-11-1990
24
55
07-18-1990
26
49
09-05-1990
23
57
07-04-1990
21
48
06-16-1990
26
16
08-21-1990
22
34
09-08-1990
24
55
09-08-1990
25
23
09-08-1990
24
27
04-10-1990
20
14
08-20-1990
22
54
09-11-1990
25
48
09-09-1990
22
18
09-03-1990
23
45
04-10-1990
21
43
09-05-1990
24
33
09-03-1990
24
44
05-23-1990
27
51
04-19-1990
22
27
04-11-1990
24
59
05-08-1990
25
46
06-07-1990
27
45
08-14-1990
25
16
09-04-1990
22
6
07-14-1990
25
40
07-12-1990
23
1990 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 1990 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

On the final day of the 1930 season, Dizzy Dean was called up and pitched a three-hitter. In Spring Training the following year, Dean had a fight with catcher Gabby Street and the franchise left him in the Minor Leagues all season long.

When Christy Mathewson made his Major League debut the newspaper wrote, "The untried semi-professional possessed great speed and plenty of confidence in himself, but could not control his curves."

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