2013 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 a certain amount of fascination to the big league debut of any athlete. Sometimes they are incredible successes. Sometimes they are frenetic failures." - Sportswriter Arthur Daley

2013 National League Debuts

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06-10-2013
25
24
08-11-2013
22
56
07-14-2013
23
54
08-01-2013
29
33
08-27-2013
22
17
04-02-2013
24
16
09-03-2013
22
34
07-01-2013
26
52
06-21-2013
23
61
09-29-2013
22
30
07-30-2013
24
24
04-03-2013
26
59
08-16-2013
24
62
09-13-2013
25
57
05-22-2013
25
25
07-04-2013
24
58
05-30-2013
22
11
04-01-2013
32
21
07-19-2013
23
12
09-07-2013
37
56
04-03-2013
25
59
09-03-2013
25
22
08-04-2013
23
58
08-23-2013
26
56
04-17-2013
26
6
09-03-2013
22
23
04-29-2013
24
46
06-09-2013
26
15
04-05-2013
25
50
05-18-2013
24
28
04-28-2013
22
35
08-01-2013
24
6
06-22-2013
24
48
09-14-2013
26
60
06-30-2013
22
98
09-11-2013
24
36
04-27-2013
23
66
06-03-2013
22
99
04-02-2013
26
44
06-12-2013
24
57
07-30-2013
25
49
08-16-2013
26
51
05-08-2013
23
16
04-07-2013
20
35
09-04-2013
23
59
05-30-2013
31
23
07-23-2013
22
67
06-03-2013
23
48
04-30-2013
22
53
04-10-2013
23
21
07-23-2013
21
46
04-20-2013
25
18
04-01-2013
25
2
06-03-2013
23
15
06-15-2013
24
11
06-27-2013
26
48
05-26-2013
27
40
06-28-2013
24
52
09-06-2013
24
25
04-06-2013
25
47
07-26-2013
28
36
09-19-2013
23
15
08-17-2013
24
6
08-29-2013
26
4
08-06-2013
22
71
07-12-2013
25
12
04-23-2013
24
56
04-01-2013
31
70
09-22-2013
22
45
06-18-2013
23
25
07-30-2013
23
57
07-10-2013
26
16
05-29-2013
23
49
08-02-2013
24
44
04-22-2013
22
66
06-23-2013
24
67
09-03-2013
24
29
09-10-2013
24
43
07-25-2013
27
68
07-25-2013
25
45
06-11-2013
22
58
06-15-2013
24
36
04-14-2013
26
60
08-18-2013
28
57
08-13-2013
25
38
09-04-2013
23
43
06-03-2013
28
59
06-23-2013
25
61
06-23-2013
27
1
06-20-2013
23
41
04-30-2013
22
27
08-26-2013
22
9
04-01-2013
24
56
07-14-2013
28
54
09-11-2013
25
8
09-04-2013
29
26
05-11-2013
23
53
09-08-2013
24
51
06-16-2013
24
38
09-03-2013
24
59
05-28-2013
24
22
07-31-2013
26
12
09-05-2013
27
21
04-03-2013
23
2
06-09-2013
26
37
07-09-2013
32
67
06-22-2013
24
65
06-01-2013
24
55
04-27-2013
25
64
05-14-2013
24
70
05-22-2013
25
61
05-03-2013
24
62
05-03-2013
21
63
09-15-2013
24
41
07-20-2013
29
46
06-06-2013
23
52
05-30-2013
21
16
08-16-2013
22
51
06-02-2013
26
38
06-29-2013
24
57
05-28-2013
25
26
05-25-2013
24
46
06-05-2013
22
6
04-21-2013
22
59
08-07-2013
26
4
09-06-2013
24
2013 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 2013 season as this group of players made their Major League debut!

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.

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.

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