1991 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 a certain amount of fascination to the big league debut of any athlete. Sometimes they are incredible successes. Sometimes they are frenetic failures." - Sportswriter Arthur Daley

1991 American League Debuts

1991 A.L. Rookies | 1991 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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09-07-1991
25
51
07-30-1991
24
14
07-05-1991
25
11
09-08-1991
23
42
08-04-1991
22
53
08-21-1991
21
41
09-11-1991
25
17
09-17-1991
26
51
10-05-1991
23
43
07-05-1991
22
54
06-15-1991
25
42
06-27-1991
23
22
10-05-1991
23
16
09-07-1991
25
59
09-10-1991
23
30
06-08-1991
26
36
07-20-1991
29
44
08-15-1991
27
40
07-02-1991
26
38
09-27-1991
22
28
09-03-1991
23
41
07-31-1991
26
50
04-16-1991
24
42
09-03-1991
28
43
05-31-1991
21
39
09-02-1991
26
24
05-29-1991
26
47
05-22-1991
28
46
04-13-1991
26
6
04-13-1991
30
73
09-12-1991
27
58
09-09-1991
23
64
09-12-1991
23
10
04-26-1991
21
6
05-17-1991
25
62, 50
06-15-1991
24
28
05-18-1991
22
59, 6, 25
09-04-1991
21
42
05-31-1991
28
32
06-09-1991
27
16
09-08-1991
25
25
09-06-1991
24
46
07-26-1991
26
21
07-19-1991
26
41
06-29-1991
23
39
09-05-1991
25
50
09-10-1991
23
31
04-14-1991
24
58
09-05-1991
24
57
04-22-1991
25
9
09-05-1991
25
53
09-07-1991
24
51
08-10-1991
23
7
07-18-1991
25
47
07-04-1991
27
39
05-23-1991
28
21
09-24-1991
23
59
10-01-1991
25
28
07-15-1991
27
43
05-17-1991
26
53
08-22-1991
25
18
09-20-1991
28
23
07-31-1991
22
1
07-02-1991
24
11
04-09-1991
22
58
07-27-1991
22
60
09-21-1991
25
36
07-29-1991
24
43
06-05-1991
24
40
06-18-1991
27
14
05-20-1991
23
48
09-18-1991
26
12
06-16-1991
23
41
06-02-1991
25
51
07-07-1991
22
38
04-12-1991
24
53
04-18-1991
23
45
08-07-1991
24
55
07-19-1991
26
22
04-13-1991
22
45
06-08-1991
20
37
04-11-1991
24
59
09-11-1991
19
50
05-11-1991
28
57
08-25-1991
24
8
05-27-1991
29
56
08-06-1991
21
45
09-15-1991
25
52
06-14-1991
27
26
09-15-1991
23
23
05-18-1991
27
4
09-06-1991
23
33
09-04-1991
23
3
08-09-1991
22
44
09-06-1991
26
38
06-21-1991
26
39
09-08-1991
24
56
06-08-1991
25
7
06-20-1991
19
52
06-26-1991
26
18
04-08-1991
25
14
06-28-1991
22
35
04-12-1991
23
19
05-04-1991
25
66
06-07-1991
24
41
09-03-1991
22
26
09-05-1991
24
54
09-05-1991
22
33
05-07-1991
23
40
04-08-1991
25
53
08-02-1991
21
1
09-02-1991
23
1991 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 1991 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.

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