2014 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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2014 American League Debuts

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36
05-07-2014
27
18
09-17-2014
23
68
09-09-2014
24
50
06-29-2014
21
73
09-17-2014
25
61
08-10-2014
27
38
09-17-2014
27
70
06-01-2014
23
71
08-27-2014
22
68
06-01-2014
26
63
08-01-2014
24
72
08-29-2014
26
55
07-09-2014
23
79
03-31-2014
27
61
08-30-2014
25
67
04-27-2014
29
17
04-02-2014
24
77
07-13-2014
22
68
09-03-2014
24
60
07-20-2014
27
38
08-31-2014
25
49
07-12-2014
27
36
05-15-2014
23
57
05-16-2014
22
62
07-06-2014
25
58
05-17-2014
24
55
07-10-2014
25
56
09-01-2014
27
18
03-31-2014
23
45
08-13-2014
23
65
06-16-2014
27
49
05-24-2014
22
53
08-23-2014
25
34
09-01-2014
24
63
06-22-2014
25
54
08-15-2014
23
60
04-18-2014
26
33
09-01-2014
23
38, 58
05-06-2014
22
56
08-30-2014
22
55
06-22-2014
24
30
06-04-2014
22
54
07-19-2014
23
58
06-21-2014
24
48
08-02-2014
22
6
07-01-2014
22
99
05-23-2014
26
13
07-01-2014
21
28
06-03-2014
22
4
04-16-2014
24
63
09-10-2014
24
45
09-01-2014
24
62
05-03-2014
24
24
07-01-2014
25
27
09-06-2014
21
0
09-02-2014
23
48
04-11-2014
25
46
04-20-2014
26
26
05-20-2014
24
68
06-03-2014
24
68
06-03-2014
22
20
05-03-2014
24
49
09-08-2014
23
51
05-31-2014
32
64
04-30-2014
22
12
09-07-2014
26
51
07-10-2014
25
58
09-03-2014
26
38
05-06-2014
25
65
08-09-2014
24
63
06-19-2014
30
11
06-26-2014
20
39
05-05-2014
23
19
08-01-2014
24
45
04-04-2014
27
39, 61
04-24-2014
25
65
08-10-2014
23
67
09-22-2014
24
63, 72
06-04-2014
24
26
04-02-2014
26
19
04-04-2014
25
45
07-03-2014
27
39
05-15-2014
24
19
07-28-2014
24
29
04-03-2014
25
99
04-18-2014
25
52
04-06-2014
22
7
04-01-2014
25
39
09-01-2014
24
1
07-24-2014
23
30
07-03-2014
26
59
07-18-2014
25
35
05-16-2014
26
34
04-19-2014
24
49
06-07-2014
27
59
09-04-2014
24
65
08-13-2014
22
62
08-15-2014
26
64
08-01-2014
25
22
04-05-2013
23
55
07-08-2014
23
73, 12
05-08-2014
20
44
09-04-2014
26
19
04-29-2014
28
60
09-09-2014
31
19
03-31-2014
25
39
06-15-2014
25
16
08-29-2014
24
3
04-20-2014
20
20
07-07-2014
25
6
08-25-2014
23
63
07-10-2014
25
55
06-27-2014
27
31
09-05-2014
23
32
09-05-2014
21
45
09-02-2014
21
59
05-20-2014
25
41
07-23-2014
22
54
05-04-2014
23
2014 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 2014 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 ?

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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