2007 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."

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve

2007 National League Debuts

2007 N.L. Rookies | 2007 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

14
04-03-2007
26
4
09-02-2007
22
40
09-03-2007
26
44
04-06-2007
24
36
06-08-2007
26
27
05-16-2007
23
62
04-20-2007
27
10
08-02-2007
19
46
08-12-2007
26
57
07-13-2007
21
19
06-02-2007
24
28
09-16-2007
23
37
07-07-2007
22
18
05-02-2007
22
18
09-12-2007
23
57
04-23-2007
27
9
07-19-2007
24
57
09-05-2007
25
36
06-09-2007
21
55
09-04-2007
24
3
08-06-2007
23
56
06-27-2007
23
17, 20
04-17-2007
22
63
08-16-2007
24
50
06-14-2007
26
34
06-08-2007
21
51
04-04-2007
25
40
04-07-2007
26
50
08-02-2007
26
33
04-02-2007
25
65
09-09-2007
27
59
06-06-2007
26
53
05-01-2007
27
64
08-26-2007
29
19
09-04-2007
23
44
05-01-2007
23
14
06-06-2007
27
15
08-07-2007
25
99
05-18-2007
26
47
09-01-2007
25
46
04-16-2007
28
56
08-18-2007
21
45
09-12-2007
25
12
09-16-2007
24
24
08-11-2007
22
38
08-10-2007
24
25
06-17-2007
24
7
04-02-2007
22
68
09-03-2007
23
22
04-04-2007
27
59
09-03-2007
23
56
04-10-2007
21
51
08-10-2007
24
58
08-07-2007
24
20
09-02-2007
25
71
08-19-2007
24
62
05-24-2007
26
65
08-25-2007
21
52
09-05-2007
23
9
04-28-2007
24
46
09-05-2007
23
6
05-22-2007
22
60
09-01-2007
23
57
07-24-2007
27
10
05-06-2007
23
63
09-01-2007
23
8
05-25-2007
24
49
06-18-2007
21
43
07-20-2007
24
57
09-01-2007
26
52
09-01-2007
27
36
09-05-2007
27
27
05-13-2007
21
38
09-25-2007
26
35
04-01-2007
23
46
04-05-2007
24
61
07-07-2007
26
66
06-30-2007
24
44
05-05-2007
27
38
06-13-2007
22
37
04-08-2007
23
59
05-25-2007
24
50
09-06-2007
23
29
04-02-2007
27
18
06-10-2007
39
29
09-01-2007
27
18
09-01-2007
24
58
08-26-2007
23
41
04-05-2007
27
40
08-10-2007
27
16
06-15-2007
23
1
09-29-2007
24
34
09-21-2007
25
10, 11
08-25-2007
25
50
07-26-2007
25
56
09-08-2007
30
55
05-06-2007
22
39
06-13-2007
29
12
06-11-2007
23
60
09-12-2007
25
57
09-05-2007
25
46, 61
05-27-2007
26
33, 63
06-07-2007
26
59
04-30-2007
25
35
06-02-2007
28
56
04-27-2007
26
63, 13
06-02-2007
25
53
09-05-2007
24
5
04-03-2007
25
47
04-04-2007
23
29
09-07-2007
21
3
04-04-2007
22
38
07-28-2007
25
26
07-26-2007
22
16
09-05-2007
23
36
04-02-2007
26
2007 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 2007 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Did you know that on September 27, 1963 the Houston Colt .45s fielded an all-rookie lineup that included future stars Joe Morgan , Jerry Grote , and Rusty Staub ?

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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