2011 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."

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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)

2011 National League Debuts

2011 N.L. Rookies | 2011 A.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

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04-17-2011
25
48
07-20-2011
24
4
07-26-2011
25
44
08-01-2011
23
36
08-20-2011
24
56
09-27-2011
22
47
04-02-2011
24
37, 39
06-10-2011
23
17
07-29-2011
27
40
06-17-2011
21
53
04-25-2011
25
4
09-04-2011
27
43, 57
05-07-2011
20
59
08-10-2011
20
17
04-03-2011
28
41
05-17-2011
25
60, 37
06-14-2011
25
51
09-26-2011
25
66
09-26-2011
23
54
09-12-2011
26
33
05-03-2011
22
2
07-07-2011
25
21
05-23-2011
25
57
05-28-2011
25
39
09-03-2011
23
17
08-07-2011
24
41
05-27-2011
25
8
06-07-2011
24
49
06-06-2011
23
6
09-11-2011
24
41
07-04-2011
26
22
09-16-2011
23
47
04-17-2011
27
44
05-28-2011
24
58
09-06-2011
25
47
09-11-2011
22
12
09-06-2011
22
54
09-06-2011
22
52
06-07-2011
21
37
06-15-2011
24
68
08-29-2011
26
27
07-20-2011
21
67
06-30-2011
26
63
09-16-2011
25
41
05-31-2011
20
14
07-30-2011
23
38
08-01-2011
22
62
04-02-2011
23
8
08-05-2011
24
65
08-10-2011
26
60
04-17-2011
28
13
04-01-2011
23
50, 41
05-24-2011
22
50
08-06-2011
21
31
09-11-2011
24
9
06-06-2011
23
54
05-15-2011
25
52
06-01-2011
23
47
04-18-2011
23
12
08-12-2011
25
33
07-28-2011
25
64
09-14-2011
26
5
08-31-2011
24
12
09-03-2011
25
22
09-02-2011
24
27
04-01-2011
24
4
04-01-2011
25
3
09-04-2011
26
63
09-08-2011
24
64
09-02-2011
23
37
09-18-2011
23
19
04-03-2011
28
55
09-20-2011
25
39
08-21-2011
25
40
04-25-2011
24
60
04-03-2011
26
12
06-24-2011
24
69
06-26-2011
25
62
05-31-2011
23
70
09-07-2011
26
61
09-10-2011
23
57
04-30-2011
25
10
04-05-2011
26
60
08-24-2011
24
65
06-08-2011
26
45
06-13-2011
23
58
08-31-2011
25
22
08-09-2011
24
12
05-04-2011
24
40
08-01-2011
24
18
03-31-2011
23
29
07-15-2011
26
3
08-26-2011
25
27
06-09-2011
21
55
04-26-2011
25
44
06-24-2011
23
15, 23
05-25-2011
24
9
03-31-2011
22
35
05-27-2011
24
61, 65
08-21-2011
26
6
09-06-2011
26
29
07-15-2011
21
47
08-27-2011
24
64
06-12-2011
26
19
06-04-2011
25
56
09-06-2011
24
63
06-02-2011
22
48
05-24-2011
24
65
07-02-2011
26
47
05-18-2011
23
62
06-02-2011
24
52
04-13-2011
22
55
04-03-2011
24
10
09-06-2011
25
65
05-14-2011
25
1
09-06-2011
22
14
08-27-2011
23
52
06-14-2011
27
46
09-03-2011
24
41
09-06-2011
23
59
09-06-2011
26
2011 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 2011 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

On the final day of the 1930 season, Dizzy Dean was called up and pitched a three-hitter. In Spring Training the following year, Dean had a fight with catcher Gabby Street and the franchise left him in the Minor Leagues all season long.

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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