2014 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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2014 National League Debuts

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06-29-2014
24
57
05-11-2014
26
49
04-14-2014
26
40
08-13-2014
24
60
08-14-2014
25
5
05-02-2014
23
19
08-07-2014
23
50
05-06-2014
24
6
06-01-2014
26
58
03-23-2014
29
37
06-19-2014
24
60
06-20-2014
27
58
06-20-2014
26
7
05-28-2014
25
50
03-31-2014
25
51
07-19-2014
24
59
05-31-2014
23
58
03-31-2014
26
7
07-09-2014
22
9
08-05-2014
21
32
06-28-2014
25
28
07-10-2014
24
43
09-07-2014
25
51
09-02-2014
26
54
04-25-2014
24
68
08-27-2014
22
41
08-17-2014
25
67
07-08-2014
33
16
04-03-2014
23
53
06-21-2014
23
64
08-26-2014
24
41
09-02-2014
27
70
06-20-2014
30
33
09-04-2014
22
10
07-29-2014
23
36
06-09-2014
26
51
07-06-2014
29
31
06-06-2014
23
58
06-25-2014
28
54
04-03-2014
24
47
04-26-2014
27
46
06-11-2014
23
16
06-16-2014
24
4
07-21-2014
26
15
08-27-2014
28
43
09-01-2014
27
11
05-23-2014
24
52
05-05-2014
26
64
09-16-2014
24
77
08-04-2014
24
63
09-01-2014
24
7
03-22-2014
27
51
05-01-2014
26
65
09-01-2014
22
72
06-06-2014
25
35
05-28-2014
28
48
06-05-2014
26
28
05-14-2014
24
25
06-19-2014
23
60
06-05-2014
23
60
09-02-2014
27
15
09-02-2014
26
51, 58
04-14-2014
21
68
09-03-2014
25
29
05-10-2014
27
48
05-15-2014
25
62
09-01-2014
25
2
08-29-2014
20
50
05-14-2014
23
40
06-16-2014
23
55
05-24-2014
25
7
09-02-2014
22
53
06-12-2014
23
75
09-03-2014
27
43
04-01-2014
25
50
08-05-2014
25
43
09-02-2014
26
25
06-10-2014
22
65
05-02-2014
23
61
09-03-2014
23
57
09-03-2014
27
40
06-23-2014
27
60
08-19-2014
24
4
06-20-2014
26
45
06-03-2014
24
7
08-11-2014
23
3
04-25-2014
23
59
04-25-2014
25
39
04-02-2014
24
15
09-01-2014
23
43
09-13-2014
27
56
09-03-2014
25
51
09-03-2014
28
10
09-03-2014
27
50
08-01-2014
23
37
06-26-2014
25
53
09-13-2014
26
12
06-21-2014
23
60
09-01-2014
25
34
07-26-2014
24
67
04-21-2014
26
12, 35
04-28-2014
24
56
06-25-2014
22
62
06-16-2014
26
15
04-28-2014
22
60
09-09-2014
26
68
06-29-2014
26
59
09-04-2014
26
18
05-31-2014
21
64
09-09-2014
21
30
03-31-2014
26
55
06-25-2014
25
21
04-13-2014
24
18
08-12-2014
23
64
04-12-2014
25
2014 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 2014 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.

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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