2006 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

2006 American League Debuts

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08-06-2006
29
25
05-04-2006
25
52
04-12-2006
23
56
09-08-2006
25
12
04-30-2006
25
47
08-23-2006
23
47
07-29-2006
23
29
05-23-2006
22
21
04-03-2006
22
43
04-03-2006
25
61
07-22-2006
24
68
09-23-2006
28
62
06-10-2006
22
60
09-02-2006
24
60
05-31-2006
23
64
08-22-2006
23
27
09-13-2006
23
40
05-10-2006
22
57
04-04-2006
21
65
05-12-2006
28
7
09-11-2006
25
39
09-06-2006
24
36
09-01-2006
21
50
06-08-2006
25
58
08-13-2006
25
55
04-15-2006
25
7
06-21-2006
28
11
09-02-2006
25
46
09-08-2006
25
47
07-30-2006
25
49
06-21-2006
22
53
04-20-2006
23
54
04-22-2006
25
45
06-25-2006
23
24
07-30-2006
22
36
05-25-2006
26
50
08-30-2006
21
31
06-04-2006
24
58
09-23-2006
26
53
04-06-2006
24
54
04-03-2006
21
39
05-01-2006
28
47
09-02-2006
26
53
09-06-2006
26
22
05-25-2006
23
22
09-23-2006
24
7
09-23-2006
20
32
05-16-2006
22
47
04-26-2006
22
22
05-23-2006
22
58
07-17-2006
24
65
05-04-2006
26
44
05-04-2006
24
56
05-27-2006
23
77
04-26-2006
25
26
05-21-2006
24
25
09-01-2006
22
27
04-06-2006
27
21
08-11-2006
22
72, 17
07-07-2006
25
60
09-21-2006
23
11
07-17-2006
27
38
06-17-2006
25
63
09-05-2006
27
58
08-22-2006
23
30
04-14-2006
26
27
06-03-2006
26
31
08-05-2006
25
5
09-03-2006
26
8
10-13-2006
26
60
07-30-2006
25
2
06-09-2006
26
61
07-17-2006
24
17
08-22-2006
26
64
09-13-2006
21
63
09-13-2006
21
53
05-14-2006
21
54
05-02-2006
27
60
08-30-2006
25
62
09-11-2006
21
2
04-03-2006
29
25
07-14-2006
20
35
04-25-2006
23
57
07-07-2006
23
61
09-09-2006
21
59
08-16-2006
21
39
04-03-2006
31
49
04-11-2006
23
68, 45
04-03-2006
26
32
09-05-2006
26
53
09-05-2006
27
50
05-31-2006
24
41
09-03-2006
26
35
08-29-2006
20
18
08-01-2006
25
3
09-13-2006
21
51
04-06-2006
21
5
04-03-2006
23
58
07-04-2006
23
57
06-27-2006
24
2
04-21-2006
24
48
04-22-2006
26
23
08-19-2006
26
44
04-27-2006
24
26
09-02-2006
23
4
07-30-2006
25
50
08-18-2006
23
36
05-06-2006
25
48
05-20-2006
23
2006 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 2006 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.

Five-for-five debuts? Believe it or not it has happened twice: On June 30, 1894 Fred Clarke of the Louisville Colonels and on May 16, 1933, Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators made their Major League debuts and both went five-for-five at the plate.

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