2009 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 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

2009 American League Debuts

2009 A.L. Rookies | 2009 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

64, 35
04-21-2009
24
49
05-26-2009
25
63
05-28-2009
24
52
08-04-2009
22
14
05-14-2009
26
54
07-29-2009
21
83
09-08-2009
24
19
04-08-2009
34
15
05-29-2009
23
60
05-13-2009
24
50
07-06-2009
25
50
06-23-2009
27
62
04-20-2009
25
68
07-31-2009
22
54
09-28-2009
25
63
08-07-2009
23
15
06-04-2009
23
62
04-21-2009
26
39
09-03-2009
23
54
09-04-2009
22
65
08-02-2009
23
49
06-12-2009
23
60
07-22-2009
27
47
06-02-2009
26
23
09-01-2009
22
59
09-01-2009
22
26
04-09-2009
25
8
06-03-2009
26
58
05-17-2009
25
16, 7
05-03-2009
24
4
09-08-2009
24
49
04-22-2009
26
15
08-01-2009
26
13
08-06-2009
22
27
09-13-2009
26
41
07-26-2009
26
43
06-20-2009
25
53
05-15-2009
24
59
06-29-2009
26
45
04-08-2009
22
48
04-09-2009
20
60
05-20-2009
24
31
09-06-2009
27
47
09-06-2009
28
70
08-12-2009
23
57
04-19-2009
28
60
07-25-2009
25
55
06-16-2009
22
49
04-25-2009
24
33
09-11-2009
25
56
05-02-2009
25
59
04-15-2009
25
52
04-10-2009
26
63
08-25-2009
26
49
08-15-2009
24
61
07-20-2009
24
51
05-23-2009
23
39, 28
04-18-2009
24
31
09-04-2009
24
39
04-26-2009
24
19
04-06-2009
23
49
04-10-2009
21
40
04-06-2009
25
53
04-07-2009
21
25
09-18-2009
28
21
07-28-2009
26
39
09-02-2009
26
54
06-02-2009
23
35
04-11-2009
27
63
09-21-2009
22
59
06-17-2009
22
58
08-08-2009
25
41
04-08-2009
30
23
04-10-2009
24
50
09-17-2009
25
55
07-25-2009
22
58
09-06-2009
23
59
05-22-2009
28
1
04-06-2009
20
29
06-29-2009
23
30
08-03-2009
21
68
09-06-2009
25
45
04-22-2009
22
58
05-30-2009
25
61
08-17-2009
28
64
08-28-2009
24
27
05-05-2009
23
59
06-18-2009
24
31
09-14-2009
25
60
05-02-2009
25
24
04-09-2009
24
34
07-07-2009
24
2009 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 2009 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

Did you know that Future hall of famer Addie Joss made his Major League pitching debut on April 26, 1902 and tossed a one hitter?

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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