1991 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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"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)

1991 National League Debuts

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

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09-01-1991
24
14
05-31-1991
23
17
07-23-1991
21
42
08-11-1991
25
34
09-11-1991
27
43
08-17-1991
21
49
06-27-1991
22
28
05-28-1991
27
37
04-19-1991
24
33
09-30-1991
24
39
07-03-1991
29
15
09-08-1991
23
30
05-07-1991
24
25
04-09-1991
22
51
04-11-1991
24
2
06-06-1991
24
57
05-14-1991
25
54
08-22-1991
25
39
08-01-1991
25
42
05-18-1991
22
20
04-21-1991
25
53
08-22-1991
23
52
08-09-1991
24
5
04-08-1991
22
46
07-22-1991
23
36
09-15-1991
27
10
08-08-1991
24
39
09-10-1991
22
44
09-15-1991
20
57
04-08-1991
22
28
09-14-1991
24
23
08-31-1991
25
9
07-12-1991
24
20
07-28-1991
30
53
09-16-1991
22
56
09-10-1991
27
47
09-01-1991
23
23
09-01-1991
23
25
06-16-1991
23
39
05-04-1991
28
42
06-21-1991
22
48
06-11-1991
25
6
04-20-1991
24
23
09-06-1991
25
40
08-03-1991
23
46
09-04-1991
25
23
05-07-1991
25
19
09-10-1991
27
0
08-31-1991
24
48
04-09-1991
21
43
04-09-1991
24
33
08-05-1991
25
40
06-10-1991
23
7
09-08-1991
23
51
09-03-1991
23
44
07-07-1991
27
16
08-18-1991
23
35
10-06-1991
24
52
07-07-1991
24
28
07-23-1991
26
47
09-03-1991
22
46
08-10-1991
20
64
07-30-1991
26
52
07-17-1991
24
56
08-11-1991
22
50
09-02-1991
25
39
08-09-1991
27
15
05-25-1991
26
54
06-25-1991
24
30
05-10-1991
29
47
05-06-1991
22
21
09-20-1991
21
36
09-01-1991
25
41
07-25-1991
27
14
06-15-1991
25
39
09-04-1991
24
55
09-06-1991
23
52
08-15-1991
24
50
06-12-1991
27
5
09-11-1991
24
1991 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 1991 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.

Five-for-five debuts? Believe it or not it has happened twice: On June 30, 1894 Fred Clarke of the Louisville Colonels and on May 16, 1933, Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators made their Major League debuts and both went five-for-five at the plate.

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