2002 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."

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"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

2002 National League Debuts

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07-20-2002
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52
06-14-2002
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30
04-23-2002
21
33
09-29-2002
31
45
04-10-2002
22
48
04-24-2002
23
49
04-13-2002
28
45
09-10-2002
24
73
04-28-2002
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26
09-28-2002
23
53
06-28-2002
22
19
09-03-2002
23
17
05-10-2002
24
22
05-22-2002
21
39
08-06-2002
24
54
07-01-2002
25
28
04-17-2002
21
26
09-10-2002
20
35
08-10-2002
23
53
09-21-2002
23
62
04-21-2002
25
27
09-03-2002
25
32
09-07-2002
25
53
05-04-2002
26
48
09-03-2002
23
24
05-10-2002
25
54
04-26-2002
25
59
04-17-2002
26
60
09-02-2002
25
50
06-18-2002
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45
07-15-2002
25
43
06-18-2002
34
49
09-10-2002
24
57
07-30-2002
25
52
09-14-2002
24
17
04-06-2002
28
40
06-29-2002
25
26
09-01-2002
21
41
09-02-2002
22
43
08-03-2002
23
81
09-02-2002
23
56
06-11-2002
27
2
09-01-2002
22
59
04-12-2002
27
47
08-24-2002
24
95
04-03-2002
33
13
09-03-2002
24
33
09-03-2002
28
2
09-11-2002
28
29
07-31-2002
24
54
06-15-2002
24
43
06-28-2002
23
55
09-04-2002
26
17
04-04-2002
36
26
07-21-2002
26
38
07-21-2002
25
23
09-03-2002
26
38
09-13-2002
22
46
07-02-2002
26
9
05-16-2002
24
29
09-08-2002
25
28
09-11-2002
25
41
07-24-2002
21
52
04-01-2002
22
56
09-04-2002
23
26
09-04-2002
23
21
04-02-2002
21
54
08-17-2002
24
41
08-28-2002
26
49
06-23-2002
23
36
04-28-2002
23
46
07-25-2002
25
10
05-31-2002
27
33
07-21-2002
24
59
06-04-2002
26
44
06-22-2002
21
24
05-16-2002
26
59
06-16-2002
20
43
05-16-2002
27
46
09-08-2002
25
45
05-10-2002
23
58
06-11-2002
26
52
09-12-2002
23
14
07-26-2002
22
54
04-10-2002
25
52
07-30-2002
27
58
08-01-2002
26
60
04-20-2002
24
46
05-04-2002
28
99
06-10-2002
32
2002 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 2002 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

On the final day of the 1930 season, Dizzy Dean was called up and pitched a three-hitter. In Spring Training the following year, Dean had a fight with catcher Gabby Street and the franchise left him in the Minor Leagues all season long.

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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