2015 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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"You never forget your first hit in the Major Leagues. It was in my third at bat. That was kind of a relief. You could start off 0-for-34." - Ralph Kiner

2015 American League Debuts

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08-28-2015
26
71
05-23-2015
28
61
04-08-2015
22
60
06-24-2015
25
43
04-24-2015
25
63
05-20-2015
25
59
05-17-2015
25
65
06-25-2015
24
94
05-03-2015
29
61
07-21-2015
24
16
06-28-2015
24
60
08-04-2015
23
66
07-03-2015
25
52
05-28-2015
22
47
05-08-2015
25
23
05-02-2015
23
54
05-28-2015
24
63
06-12-2015
30
7
04-06-2015
24
60
09-02-2015
22
55
04-21-2015
22
18
07-10-2015
25
28
08-04-2015
24
56
06-21-2015
24
51
08-08-2015
24
12
06-14-2015
21
61
06-28-2015
30
65
09-05-2015
24
39
06-09-2015
23
26
07-04-2015
24
29
06-04-2015
24
38
08-22-2015
26
49
05-25-2015
23
55
07-05-2015
24
60
04-08-2015
24
58
07-31-2015
25
1
06-08-2015
20
63
09-16-2015
26
68
05-31-2015
21
43
05-18-2015
21
20
05-07-2015
24
67
06-10-2015
23
59
04-09-2015
26
54
09-02-2015
26
50
09-01-2015
22
12
04-19-2015
23
43
07-03-2015
28
19
07-07-2015
22
27
10-30-2015
20
16
04-09-2015
29
47
09-14-2015
25
41
08-18-2015
23
8
04-12-2015
25
62
06-14-2015
22
66
06-02-2015
26
18
06-10-2015
24
58
05-05-2015
24
25
06-14-2015
21
56
08-05-2015
24
62
04-06-2015
25
67
09-27-2015
22
51
06-26-2015
25
61
07-07-2015
27
20
05-06-2015
23
22
07-02-2015
22
31
08-13-2015
22
65
06-21-2015
26
53, 65
07-29-2015
27
64
06-21-2015
27
31, 27
05-30-2015
31
74
07-30-2015
24
55, 72
05-20-2015
24
64
05-25-2015
22
65, 64
06-22-2015
27
70
09-02-2015
26
67
09-05-2015
24
40, 57
04-15-2015
26
64
07-11-2015
24
64, 53, 50
06-23-2015
23
73
10-03-2015
22
40
08-05-2015
21
40
04-11-2015
26
63
06-12-2015
23
39
09-06-2015
25
20
04-08-2015
26
44
05-09-2015
32
66
09-01-2015
25
25
04-08-2015
27
68
04-22-2015
26
50
04-25-2015
24
29
06-05-2015
29
10
09-09-2015
24
53
06-01-2015
24
6
08-29-2015
25
4
07-31-2015
21
37
06-02-2015
25
66
04-07-2015
25
73
07-04-2015
25
55
09-04-2015
25
35
04-10-2015
25
59
05-09-2015
23
29
04-18-2015
23
31
04-08-2015
27
27
04-10-2015
25
46
09-01-2015
24
36
08-03-2015
24
68
05-29-2015
22
7
04-08-2015
22
56
08-31-2015
22
13
06-02-2015
21
21
05-30-2015
23
53
09-04-2015
24
50
04-07-2015
21
20
08-05-2015
27
41
04-08-2015
24
46
06-27-2015
24
51
04-06-2015
20
28
05-02-2015
27
54
04-08-2015
20
52
05-10-2015
27
29
04-06-2015
24
2015 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 2015 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 ?

Did you know that Future hall of famer Addie Joss made his Major League pitching debut on April 26, 1902 and tossed a one hitter?

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