2001 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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"There is no Major League record held by a rookie. It's revealing to see just how far the rookie marks are below the single season marks. This is a testament to how difficult the game is to learn and play." - Luke Salisbury in The Answer is Baseball (1989)

2001 American League Debuts

2001 A.L. Rookies | 2001 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

37
04-11-2001
26
19
05-09-2001
29
22
04-03-2001
26
33
04-07-2001
23
47
05-11-2001
28
52
09-02-2001
25
62
05-26-2001
25
56
09-02-2001
24
3
06-23-2001
23
47, 72
07-18-2001
22
36
08-03-2001
26
25
04-06-2001
24
60
09-08-2001
26
40
09-02-2001
23
50
04-26-2001
22
39
04-18-2001
25
63
10-01-2001
22
1
06-14-2001
23
35
05-02-2001
24
59
07-28-2001
23
29
04-02-2001
25
62
06-15-2001
23
52
09-19-2001
27
53
09-08-2001
22
55
09-02-2001
24
44
06-16-2001
23
61
05-23-2001
26
62
07-27-2001
23
51
08-05-2001
23
55
05-13-2001
23
57
07-29-2001
25
52
04-08-2001
20
48
05-26-2001
25
24
04-03-2001
24
24
08-08-2001
21
12
04-03-2001
23
58
05-08-2001
26
43
06-16-2001
27
57
07-16-2001
24
30
08-04-2001
26
49
09-18-2001
25
49, 71
07-16-2001
24
22, 55
04-09-2001
24
43
09-04-2001
26
26
06-26-2001
24
30
09-09-2001
26
4
09-18-2001
23
43
05-29-2001
23
55
04-02-2001
24
53
07-26-2001
21
28
09-18-2001
23
54
09-22-2001
24
46
09-08-2001
24
19
07-22-2001
23
5
09-23-2001
22
37
07-16-2001
22
23
04-10-2001
24
49
06-22-2001
22
17
08-29-2001
25
39
06-07-2001
22
56
05-26-2001
23
57
09-04-2001
23
65
04-21-2001
26
60
07-20-2001
24
60
08-21-2001
22
62
06-05-2001
25
59
04-19-2001
26
43
04-06-2001
25
56
09-04-2001
23
48
04-08-2001
25
30
09-10-2001
29
17
05-19-2001
30
61
06-02-2001
25
9, 20
07-06-2001
25
51
04-02-2001
27
13
09-07-2001
25
3
06-25-2001
23
46
06-21-2001
23
15
09-08-2001
25
50
06-06-2001
22
61
04-19-2001
23
10
08-07-2001
23
27
08-14-2001
23
53
07-29-2001
22
60
06-21-2001
25
53
08-08-2001
24
57
05-30-2001
27
51
04-22-2001
26
45
07-25-2001
23
11
09-04-2001
24
21
07-28-2001
24
41, 52
05-17-2001
26
15
09-05-2001
23
37
06-27-2001
24
36
04-14-2001
24
11
04-04-2001
25
2
06-23-2001
21
7
08-03-2001
21
12
04-29-2001
27
28
08-04-2001
21
2001 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 2001 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

Ted Cox made his Major League debut in 1977 with the Boston Red Sox and over two games on September 18 and 19, Cox went six for six before he made an out.

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