1995 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

1995 American League Debuts

1995 A.L. Rookies | 1995 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

77
07-09-1995
24
55
08-12-1995
27
59
06-03-1995
25
28
06-02-1995
22
60
09-13-1995
23
37
07-07-1995
25
24, 48
06-24-1995
24
57
07-06-1995
26
52
05-02-1995
25
30
09-08-1995
25
46
09-01-1995
28
54
06-10-1995
24
46
05-21-1995
23
56
04-26-1995
25
30
04-26-1995
22
7
04-30-1995
24
55
07-17-1995
20
54
05-15-1995
26
48
05-11-1995
28
46
04-29-1995
27
3
07-01-1995
26
40
04-26-1995
25
49
09-08-1995
22
37
04-30-1995
23
51
07-29-1995
25
33
09-05-1995
25
24
08-27-1995
22
5
04-26-1995
23
60
07-18-1995
28
26
06-02-1995
28
47
04-26-1995
29
28
06-07-1995
26
41
08-15-1995
23
38
07-19-1995
24
27
07-31-1995
24
50
08-11-1995
25
53
07-01-1995
25
4
05-03-1995
22
58
09-16-1995
24
47
09-20-1995
23
27
06-14-1995
25
26
04-28-1995
24
17
09-03-1995
23
4
04-26-1995
24
40
04-27-1995
23
15
05-26-1995
24
36
06-03-1995
22
18
04-26-1995
25
7
04-28-1995
25
46
09-04-1995
23
13
04-28-1995
23
30
04-29-1995
24
50
05-06-1995
23
46
06-08-1995
31
48
08-12-1995
25
51
08-12-1995
21
37
09-04-1995
26
16
05-29-1995
26
22
04-26-1995
23
51
05-23-1995
21
18
04-30-1995
25
38
05-19-1995
22
29
09-04-1995
22
52
04-29-1995
24
31
04-26-1995
23
44
04-29-1995
25
13
06-24-1995
29
42
05-04-1995
23
8
09-04-1995
24
31
07-17-1995
27
47
04-27-1995
24
33
05-20-1995
30
51
05-20-1995
23
50
04-28-1995
29
53
07-12-1995
25
8
05-30-1995
24
15
08-01-1995
28
40
04-26-1995
25
32
04-29-1995
22
50
09-05-1995
23
16
06-23-1995
27
55
08-06-1995
25
26
09-17-1995
27
59
04-29-1995
22
51
08-01-1995
25
31
04-30-1995
26
2
05-29-1995
20
38
04-30-1995
26
46
04-29-1995
22
62
09-04-1995
24
42
05-23-1995
25
17
09-03-1995
21
38
07-17-1995
25
26
04-26-1995
25
52
08-06-1995
22
16
05-08-1995
24
44
08-12-1995
22
51
07-08-1995
27
48
07-02-1995
25
31
08-24-1995
23
56
04-30-1995
25
19
07-14-1995
26
39
07-18-1995
24
22
05-18-1995
22
35
09-04-1995
24
39
05-27-1995
23
42
09-04-1995
25
41
09-12-1995
22
33
04-28-1995
25
36
06-23-1995
24
33
08-18-1995
21
48
04-27-1995
25
51
07-20-1995
25
55
04-27-1995
23
54
05-15-1995
29
57
07-28-1995
28
14
09-05-1995
23
38
07-29-1995
27
37
06-23-1995
25
32
05-22-1995
25
49
06-23-1995
24
53
06-24-1995
24
55
04-27-1995
26
1
05-03-1995
21
44
07-20-1995
25
47
07-30-1995
28
7
09-02-1995
21
52
09-02-1995
24
1995 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 1995 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?

Rich Amaral spent nine seasons in the Minor Leagues and upon his callup he commented, "I've been to every baseball park in America, except those in the American and National League."

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