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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"You never forget your first hit in the Major Leagues. It was in my third at bat. That was kind of a relief. You could start off 0-for-34." - Ralph Kiner

1991 National League Debuts

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04-08-1991
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04-08-1991
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04-09-1991
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04-09-1991
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04-09-1991
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04-11-1991
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04-19-1991
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04-20-1991
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04-21-1991
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05-04-1991
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05-06-1991
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05-07-1991
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05-07-1991
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05-10-1991
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05-14-1991
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05-18-1991
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05-25-1991
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05-28-1991
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05-31-1991
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06-06-1991
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06-10-1991
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06-11-1991
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06-12-1991
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06-15-1991
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06-16-1991
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06-21-1991
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06-25-1991
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06-27-1991
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07-03-1991
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07-07-1991
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07-07-1991
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07-12-1991
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07-17-1991
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07-22-1991
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28
07-23-1991
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07-23-1991
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41
07-25-1991
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07-28-1991
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64
07-30-1991
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39
08-01-1991
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08-03-1991
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33
08-05-1991
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10
08-08-1991
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08-09-1991
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52
08-09-1991
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08-10-1991
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56
08-11-1991
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42
08-11-1991
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52
08-15-1991
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43
08-17-1991
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08-18-1991
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54
08-22-1991
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53
08-22-1991
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08-31-1991
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23
08-31-1991
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45
09-01-1991
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47
09-01-1991
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36
09-01-1991
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23
09-01-1991
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50
09-02-1991
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51
09-03-1991
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47
09-03-1991
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46
09-04-1991
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39
09-04-1991
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55
09-06-1991
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23
09-06-1991
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09-08-1991
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15
09-08-1991
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56
09-10-1991
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09-10-1991
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09-10-1991
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34
09-11-1991
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09-11-1991
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09-14-1991
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09-15-1991
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09-15-1991
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53
09-16-1991
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21
09-20-1991
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33
09-30-1991
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10-06-1991
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1991 National League Debuts
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baseball almanac fast facts

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!

Did you know that Future hall of famer Addie Joss made his Major League pitching debut on April 26, 1902 and tossed a one hitter?

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.

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