1999 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."

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1999 American League Debuts

1999 A.L. Rookies | 1999 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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09-01-1999
26
10
06-13-1999
22
45
09-07-1999
25
55
09-07-1999
25
20
08-06-1999
23
4
06-28-1999
27
36
08-19-1999
26
58
08-11-1999
27
60
04-07-1999
25
23
05-14-1999
25
51
10-01-1999
21
15
04-05-1999
25
45
05-01-1999
23
25
09-09-1999
20
39
04-16-1999
27
56
10-03-1999
22
53
07-19-1999
23
57
05-08-1999
21
38
07-01-1999
21
26
04-06-1999
23
51
07-02-1999
23
60
07-20-1999
23
34
09-07-1999
22
45
05-07-1999
22
39
04-07-1999
24
49
04-06-1999
25
62
09-07-1999
21
15
09-07-1999
24
61
08-07-1999
24
55
06-09-1999
22
12
04-10-1999
26
32
08-02-1999
22
50
09-05-1999
26
56
08-31-1999
25
8
07-04-1999
24
54
08-14-1999
22
52
08-07-1999
27
45
07-17-1999
22
43
08-02-1999
24
46
04-05-1999
23
52
04-09-1999
24
55, 35
09-10-1999
26
41
04-05-1999
30
48
05-12-1999
27
53
07-02-1999
24
36
04-14-1999
22
53
09-15-1999
24
33
09-26-1999
21
45
05-25-1999
22
52
09-14-1999
25
57
07-10-1999
24
54
07-16-1999
23
31
04-06-1999
24
56
05-30-1999
22
15
04-06-1999
21
11
06-09-1999
24
19
04-07-1999
23
53
04-07-1999
23
49
04-07-1999
24
51
05-25-1999
25
55
07-24-1999
25
33
09-15-1999
23
54
08-24-1999
23
35
04-09-1999
30
59
09-15-1999
21
58
09-14-1999
23
52
07-15-1999
23
56
06-23-1999
22
55
06-29-1999
23
52
06-08-1999
23
58
06-21-1999
25
7
09-06-1999
28
61
07-23-1999
24
45
05-15-1999
26
34
04-07-1999
23
32
04-05-1999
24
37
06-30-1999
24
55
07-06-1999
20
23
08-27-1999
25
57
06-13-1999
23
48
05-06-1999
23
56
09-15-1999
24
46
05-17-1999
24
61
06-12-1999
24
28
09-19-1999
24
15
04-12-1999
23
63
09-18-1999
35
46
05-14-1999
29
24
05-05-1999
24
62
09-12-1999
27
34
09-01-1999
21
46
08-09-1999
23
44
05-01-1999
24
38, 40
05-16-1999
24
52
06-04-1999
24
37
08-24-1999
24
21, 38
06-12-1999
21
43
04-24-1999
25
59
04-13-1999
26
49
09-30-1999
25
28
08-14-1999
25
43
04-06-1999
25
51
04-04-1999
22
44
05-05-1999
24
69, 13
04-06-1999
23
46
09-05-1999
27
27
04-26-1999
25
3
08-30-1999
20
31
06-07-1999
22
1999 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 1999 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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