2007 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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2007 American League Debuts

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06-16-2007
25
2
07-08-2007
23
58
08-25-2007
24
57
07-04-2007
23
55
07-06-2007
28
61
08-17-2007
23
46
06-30-2007
23
18
04-05-2007
26
44
08-06-2007
23
37
04-02-2007
31
41
09-07-2007
24
50
04-08-2007
21
60
05-28-2007
26
26
04-25-2007
25
55
09-05-2007
25
55
04-02-2007
25
43
09-05-2007
25
1
07-28-2007
24
62
07-20-2007
26
13
08-08-2007
21
12
05-01-2007
25
32
08-04-2007
22
50
07-16-2007
23
36
06-18-2007
23
46
08-15-2007
21
4
08-17-2007
20
32
05-13-2007
24
38
08-25-2007
23
21
05-01-2007
21
7
04-02-2007
23
44
09-08-2007
23
58
04-21-2007
26
48
04-04-2007
22
43
05-10-2007
24
48
07-31-2007
27
64
06-17-2007
25
25
06-30-2007
28
59
07-29-2007
29
13
05-28-2007
27
63
09-01-2007
23
3
04-26-2007
22
53
09-03-2007
25
32
07-27-2007
26
51
05-16-2007
24
50
05-15-2007
25
49
05-26-2007
24
58
09-08-2007
24
59
06-01-2007
23
61
08-10-2007
27
19
06-09-2007
28
62
08-07-2007
21
19
05-20-2007
22
61, 14
05-07-2007
26
17
07-20-2007
27
63
09-01-2007
24
65
04-26-2007
20
29
04-07-2007
27
36
09-01-2007
22
60
09-11-2007
25
31
07-03-2007
26
64
09-15-2007
24
38
04-17-2007
24
10
09-10-2007
22
64
09-16-2007
24
61
04-24-2007
23
6
04-02-2007
23
52
04-02-2007
24
8
06-24-2007
25
26
04-23-2007
24
62
05-17-2007
25
28
06-12-2007
24
50
09-04-2007
23
9
09-04-2007
24
32
09-04-2007
25
35
04-03-2007
22
18
06-22-2007
24
46
04-04-2007
25
35
04-02-2007
22
1
04-02-2007
28
46
09-17-2007
27
10
09-19-2007
25
38
06-05-2007
24
70
09-15-2007
25
57
05-16-2007
25
32
09-08-2007
23
30
05-19-2007
24
47
05-16-2007
25
35
09-05-2007
28
58
09-11-2007
25
57
06-06-2007
28
62
06-19-2007
28
51
05-15-2007
22
59
06-06-2007
24
36
04-22-2007
25
40
05-30-2007
26
2007 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 2007 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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."

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."

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