2013 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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2013 American League Debuts

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09-27-2013
24
64
05-01-2013
29
37
05-23-2013
22
66
04-06-2013
23
6
09-25-2013
21
51
07-20-2013
26
72
08-20-2013
20
44
04-01-2013
22
66
07-20-2013
24
65
05-12-2013
27
76
06-29-2013
28
64
04-21-2013
23
63
04-11-2013
26
67
07-10-2013
24
35
04-23-2013
28
55
07-05-2013
25
38
09-10-2013
22
45
09-04-2013
23
61
08-09-2013
26
68
08-22-2013
25
36
07-05-2013
25
64
07-30-2013
25
5
09-04-2013
22
60
09-04-2013
24
36
07-10-2013
25
55
06-02-2013
27
20
07-14-2013
26
62
09-01-2013
20
31
07-11-2013
23
52
06-09-2013
24
30
09-01-2013
21
57
05-16-2013
27
43
04-25-2013
22
66
08-09-2013
25
68
04-22-2013
24
39
08-23-2013
31
56
04-09-2013
25
48
07-12-2013
23
67
08-09-2013
25
50
04-02-2013
27
19
04-24-2013
23
59
06-21-2013
25
63
07-31-2013
27
54
08-21-2013
26
65
04-21-2013
23
41
08-20-2013
22
6
07-22-2013
22
61
07-30-2013
26
36
09-24-2013
25
49
07-11-2013
25
30
09-17-2013
22
54
08-10-2013
25
62
05-02-2013
25
18
04-12-2013
25
51
04-13-2013
23
52
09-20-2013
26
63
08-06-2013
27
31
04-15-2013
21
55
05-22-2013
29
44
06-29-2013
25
32
04-01-2013
23
43
09-01-2013
24
57
04-04-2013
24
56
05-20-2013
26
59
07-11-2013
23
39, 45, 39
05-15-2013
26
45, 63
06-19-2013
24
64
09-02-2013
24
38
05-05-2013
25
61
05-13-2013
24
70
05-15-2013
23
66
09-02-2013
22
34
04-29-2013
25
35
09-02-2013
23
7
04-03-2013
26
54
07-10-2013
23
35
07-08-2013
25
32
04-16-2013
25
36
08-30-2013
24
65
06-08-2013
26
20
05-27-2013
22
30
04-10-2013
26
37
04-04-2013
22
31
04-16-2013
24
5
06-28-2013
23
65
09-07-2013
24
2
05-24-2013
25
27
08-30-2013
21
3
06-12-2013
22
29
09-19-2013
23
37
05-30-2013
24
41
09-30-2013
23
9
06-18-2013
22
45
09-22-2013
22
35
09-01-2013
28
43
06-26-2013
23
20
08-07-2013
27
3
04-06-2013
22
21
06-07-2013
25
58
03-31-2013
22
49
04-09-2013
24
17
08-23-2013
25
35
05-24-2013
23
22
08-14-2013
24
2013 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 2013 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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