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."

"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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08-10-1991
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09-15-1991
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21
09-20-1991
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17
07-23-1991
21
48
04-09-1991
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43
08-17-1991
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5
04-08-1991
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47
05-06-1991
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56
08-11-1991
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47
09-03-1991
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49
06-27-1991
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39
09-10-1991
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42
06-21-1991
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42
05-18-1991
22
57
04-08-1991
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25
04-09-1991
22
53
09-16-1991
22
40
06-10-1991
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25
06-16-1991
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7
09-08-1991
23
46
07-22-1991
23
51
09-03-1991
23
16
08-18-1991
23
55
09-06-1991
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47
09-01-1991
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14
05-31-1991
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23
09-01-1991
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15
09-08-1991
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53
08-22-1991
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40
08-03-1991
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45
09-01-1991
24
52
08-15-1991
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10
08-08-1991
24
35
10-06-1991
24
28
09-14-1991
24
52
07-07-1991
24
0
08-31-1991
24
37
04-19-1991
24
33
09-30-1991
24
6
04-20-1991
24
5
09-11-1991
24
52
08-09-1991
24
30
05-07-1991
24
54
06-25-1991
24
9
07-12-1991
24
43
04-09-1991
24
51
04-11-1991
24
52
07-17-1991
24
2
06-06-1991
24
39
09-04-1991
24
57
05-14-1991
25
46
09-04-1991
25
23
05-07-1991
25
54
08-22-1991
25
36
09-01-1991
25
50
09-02-1991
25
39
08-01-1991
25
20
04-21-1991
25
23
08-31-1991
25
48
06-11-1991
25
14
06-15-1991
25
42
08-11-1991
25
23
09-06-1991
25
33
08-05-1991
25
28
07-23-1991
26
64
07-30-1991
26
15
05-25-1991
26
44
07-07-1991
27
56
09-10-1991
27
36
09-15-1991
27
19
09-10-1991
27
50
06-12-1991
27
41
07-25-1991
27
28
05-28-1991
27
39
08-09-1991
27
34
09-11-1991
27
39
05-04-1991
28
39
07-03-1991
29
30
05-10-1991
29
20
07-28-1991
30
1991 National League Debuts


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!

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.

Did you know that on September 27, 1963 the Houston Colt .45s fielded an all-rookie lineup that included future stars Joe Morgan , Jerry Grote , and Rusty Staub ?

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