1992 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."

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

1992 American League Debuts

1992 A.L. Rookies | 1992 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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09-18-1992
21
55
07-31-1992
26
1
07-25-1992
27
28
08-03-1992
26
15
04-12-1992
24
31
04-11-1992
25
49
07-20-1992
23
50
08-31-1992
23
56
09-17-1992
25
13
07-27-1992
25
23
07-06-1992
27
17
04-08-1992
23
46
08-13-1992
22
40
07-20-1992
30
48
09-08-1992
22
15
08-21-1992
23
11
09-08-1992
26
10
06-13-1992
25
56
09-15-1992
22
14
04-24-1992
24
36
09-12-1992
24
13
08-08-1992
22
40
05-27-1992
24
44
04-08-1992
24
42
06-20-1992
26
27
05-16-1992
25
40
06-28-1992
25
53
07-28-1992
24
58
04-21-1992
22
54
09-06-1992
23
49
07-03-1992
26
18
07-25-1992
23
32
07-09-1992
26
16
04-08-1992
24
11
05-18-1992
22
2
04-09-1992
25
39
09-18-1992
24
54
09-17-1992
22
33
09-15-1992
28
26
06-03-1992
24
20
04-12-1992
21
16
09-11-1992
23
17
05-12-1992
28
21
08-19-1992
25
54
09-11-1992
21
43
08-09-1992
22
34
07-12-1992
25
56
04-27-1992
24
60
09-20-1992
24
36
04-17-1992
23
17
04-11-1992
27
31
08-24-1992
23
13
09-15-1992
26
28
07-07-1992
28
39
04-22-1992
22
16
05-30-1992
26
52
08-15-1992
29
56
08-24-1992
23
53
08-06-1992
29
34
08-19-1992
23
6
05-13-1992
27
40
04-16-1992
25
44
06-16-1992
26
42
07-19-1992
23
54
09-18-1992
23
1
07-09-1992
25
15
08-11-1992
24
49
06-06-1992
25
20
06-03-1992
28
59
05-02-1992
24
53
06-26-1992
23
42
09-12-1992
23
46
08-05-1992
24
11
04-12-1992
24
26
08-03-1992
27
21
09-02-1992
26
19
09-11-1992
25
35
04-08-1992
22
1992 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 1992 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.

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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