2012 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)

2012 American League Debuts

2012 A.L. Rookies | 2012 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

13, 70
05-13-2012
22
49
09-23-2012
19
16
04-10-2012
26
25, 59
05-04-2012
25
3
04-07-2012
25
50
05-29-2012
28
71
09-25-2012
22
52
07-15-2012
24
13
08-09-2012
20
54
07-07-2012
25
55
05-07-2012
27
58
07-14-2012
25
50
05-13-2012
27
85, 67
04-14-2012
23
64
05-02-2012
23
20
06-07-2012
25
60
09-01-2012
27
58
07-18-2012
23
65
04-08-2012
26
48
07-03-2012
28
62
05-07-2012
23
52
06-29-2012
26
37
07-20-2012
23
51
05-30-2012
24
29
05-25-2012
23
36
09-02-2012
25
52
05-23-2012
27
45
06-01-2012
23
38
07-03-2012
27
34
08-31-2012
21
19, 50
06-06-2012
24
56
06-08-2012
23
52
06-09-2012
21
36
04-29-2012
25
33
04-12-2012
22
54
04-22-2012
27
19
05-06-2012
28
7
09-01-2012
26
49
09-23-2012
22
25
06-08-2012
27
53
05-23-2012
22
62
07-17-2012
25
56
05-22-2012
24
52
04-13-2012
21
65
08-16-2012
24
63
09-02-2012
22
20
07-24-2012
22
64
09-27-2012
26
38
05-24-2012
27
20
05-07-2012
24
23
09-16-2012
24
64
06-26-2012
24
67
09-22-2012
25
43
05-01-2012
24
41
04-08-2012
25
43
06-29-2012
24
52
03-28-2012
26
62
06-05-2012
25
65
04-21-2012
26
64
06-24-2012
24
36
06-21-2012
23
67
08-03-2012
23
58
08-03-2012
21
18
04-20-2012
31
39
09-04-2012
30
61
04-07-2012
30
44
04-07-2012
25
46
06-02-2012
22
50
04-09-2012
21
8
09-07-2012
22
22
06-20-2012
23
26
04-06-2012
27
11
04-09-2012
25
53
09-18-2012
22
51
06-16-2012
23
9
08-02-2012
23
33
06-27-2012
21
2
09-02-2012
19
28, 46
04-08-2012
22
52
06-07-2012
25
46
04-15-2012
25
35
07-05-2012
24
68
05-17-2012
24
43
07-17-2012
21
3
08-04-2012
23
36
04-21-2012
21
64
08-07-2012
24
62
07-14-2012
24
14
07-31-2012
23
2012 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 2012 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.

Five-for-five debuts? Believe it or not it has happened twice: On June 30, 1894 Fred Clarke of the Louisville Colonels and on May 16, 1933, Cecil Travis of the Washington Senators made their Major League debuts and both went five-for-five at the plate.

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