2010 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 no Major League record held by a rookie. It's revealing to see just how far the rookie marks are below the single season marks. This is a testament to how difficult the game is to learn and play." - Luke Salisbury in The Answer is Baseball (1989)

2010 American League Debuts

2010 A.L. Rookies | 2010 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

57
06-10-2010
24
25
07-01-2010
23
40
04-24-2010
26
50
05-26-2010
26
58
09-10-2010
23
44
09-02-2010
22
68
09-06-2010
25
61
06-18-2010
22
55
07-31-2010
22
60
06-12-2010
27
56
08-20-2010
22
58
07-30-2010
25
47
09-07-2010
23
48
07-09-2010
25
22
09-07-2010
23
49
08-06-2010
21
46
04-08-2010
26
24
06-20-2010
21
57
04-30-2010
26
35
08-01-2010
26
16
05-18-2010
25
58
07-18-2010
22
56
06-04-2010
26
52
09-23-2010
25
41
06-11-2010
24
43
07-27-2010
25
26
04-23-2010
25
53
07-30-2010
28
14
04-05-2010
23
41
06-25-2010
22
28
07-25-2010
27
56
06-22-2010
25
20
04-05-2010
25
63
09-04-2010
30
34
07-07-2010
24
57
05-15-2010
25
29
05-16-2010
24
1
09-07-2010
26
56
08-02-2010
24
22
09-04-2010
26
38
05-12-2010
24
25
08-03-2010
23
38
04-09-2010
24
64
09-11-2010
22
58
07-26-2010
24
45
04-15-2010
27
73
09-24-2010
24
37
09-11-2010
24
51
08-22-2010
22
31
04-08-2010
22
41
04-09-2010
26
56
09-04-2010
26
61
09-03-2010
27
38
04-28-2010
25
24
05-21-2010
23
44
05-02-2010
22
37
09-07-2010
22
39
07-21-2010
26
19
06-03-2010
25
27, 22
06-21-2010
25
22
06-13-2010
25
41, 47
05-13-2010
23
12
08-19-2010
23
27, 26, 60
05-08-2010
26
22
08-09-2010
23
64
09-13-2010
30
29
04-30-2010
24
46
09-02-2010
28
66
04-07-2010
22
36
09-14-2010
24
30
04-28-2010
26
57
09-24-2010
23
56
09-23-2010
23
61
09-23-2010
24
54
04-06-2010
24
60
09-24-2010
26
58
08-02-2010
23
27
09-01-2010
24
57
09-14-2010
24
68
06-30-2010
28
62
08-21-2010
23
18
07-29-2010
24
64
06-15-2010
26
12
04-23-2010
23
9
08-07-2010
24
4
09-15-2010
22
50
04-28-2010
27
2010 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 2010 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

On April 13, 1954, Hank Aaron made his Major League debut and went 0-for-5. However, in his own autobiography Aaron wrote that he went 0-for-4.

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.

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