1998 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."

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

1998 National League Debuts

1998 N.L. Rookies | 1998 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

49
05-13-1998
24
41
03-31-1998
23
50
08-20-1998
23
7
07-04-1998
22
16
03-31-1998
22
48
08-22-1998
27
67
09-11-1998
23
57
04-28-1998
28
66
09-11-1998
25
50
03-31-1998
24
48
09-07-1998
21
7
09-02-1998
23
48
04-02-1998
25
9
09-05-1998
22
16
04-24-1998
23
26
09-04-1998
22
20
09-06-1998
26
45
09-01-1998
21
49
05-05-1998
23
50
09-01-1998
26
11
08-07-1998
23
56
05-27-1998
24
49
05-21-1998
27
34
04-12-1998
20
34
06-19-1998
24
62
07-19-1998
26
54
09-08-1998
26
70
09-27-1998
25
51
05-27-1998
24
46
07-21-1998
23
19
09-10-1998
22
24
09-08-1998
23
38
09-22-1998
22
53
07-29-1998
25
20
06-25-1998
24
39
09-09-1998
26
22
09-03-1998
29
13, 58
04-02-1998
27
20, 40
04-01-1998
27
39
09-10-1998
26
50
05-23-1998
21
54
05-23-1998
21
22
08-25-1998
21
46, 60
04-01-1998
25
3
03-31-1998
26
34
04-04-1998
22
47
04-02-1998
23
18
04-11-1998
26
52
05-31-1998
27
19
04-20-1998
23
21
03-31-1998
23
50
06-20-1998
22
23
05-14-1998
25
54
04-02-1998
26
4
08-30-1998
24
31
05-14-1998
22
29
06-24-1998
19
50
06-21-1998
28
3
06-07-1998
22
67
09-06-1998
24
49
03-31-1998
27
64, 36
06-21-1998
26
62
09-18-1998
25
63
09-08-1998
23
49
06-02-1998
25
56
05-30-1998
24
11
09-12-1998
23
58
07-31-1998
25
33
04-02-1998
27
5
04-24-1998
23
50
03-31-1998
26
57
09-18-1998
26
31
05-18-1998
27
52
08-01-1998
26
89
06-21-1998
25
5
09-19-1998
21
38
08-30-1998
28
13, 54
07-19-1998
25
29
04-05-1998
25
45
05-23-1998
22
49
07-23-1998
22
33
09-05-1998
23
50
04-01-1998
25
28
04-03-1998
21
43
09-05-1998
24
39
06-17-1998
26
33
09-08-1998
25
25
09-01-1998
25
36, 38
06-30-1998
27
11
05-07-1998
23
21, 29
04-05-1998
32
16
09-08-1998
24
57
05-28-1998
25
46
06-14-1998
24
47
07-17-1998
25
48
08-25-1998
27
36
04-02-1998
21
16
05-26-1998
19
31
04-30-1998
25
31
09-06-1998
24
25
09-25-1998
21
32
06-12-1998
25
58
08-27-1998
29
38
06-10-1998
29
34
06-20-1998
25
48
04-02-1998
23
1
09-01-1998
26
61
05-18-1998
27
8
09-08-1998
22
52
09-09-1998
25
58
09-12-1998
26
55
03-31-1998
23
48
09-02-1998
25
67, 27
07-03-1998
22
40
04-02-1998
24
1998 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 1998 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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."

Ray Jansen (four for five in his first game), Aubrey Epps (three for four in his first game) and Ed Irwin (two for three in his first game) all finished their career with lifetime batting averages which were greater than their career fielding percentages.

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