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."

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

2010 American League Debuts

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

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

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 ?

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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