2017 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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2017 American League Debuts

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04-16-2017
25
18
09-07-2017
22
52
09-02-2017
27
25
08-18-2017
22
66
09-20-2017
23
15
09-02-2017
22
28
06-14-2017
26
54
06-11-2017
25
11
07-25-2017
20
73, 5
06-24-2017
23
64
06-17-2017
26
72
07-20-2017
26
64
04-07-2017
24
59
05-24-2017
23
76
05-18-2017
28
70
07-27-2017
23
68
04-14-2017
25
30
08-01-2017
25
41
05-27-2017
25
71
09-05-2017
24
61
04-14-2017
24
67
06-03-2017
27
32
04-04-2017
25
53
09-01-2017
24
36
04-03-2017
25
33
09-01-2017
21
4
05-16-2017
24
58
09-05-2017
24
64
05-10-2017
28
65
09-02-2017
25
77
04-13-2017
22
63
09-01-2017
23
66
05-28-2017
30
57
09-04-2017
25
26
08-27-2017
24
28
08-05-2017
24
21
06-14-2017
23
64
05-31-2017
25
65
05-24-2017
28
58
06-09-2017
21
38
04-21-2017
23
59
07-01-2017
26
36
08-06-2017
24
65
04-12-2017
24
59
09-02-2017
24
53
05-30-2017
24
46
06-07-2017
24
49
05-22-2017
25
39
05-05-2017
23
60
06-23-2017
22
65
08-09-2017
26
38
07-29-2017
26
67
06-17-2017
26
27
08-25-2017
24
47
08-10-2017
26
43
08-19-2017
26
23
09-02-2017
25
8
07-08-2017
24
58
04-05-2017
25
39
06-23-2017
26
76
07-01-2017
23
58
09-12-2017
22
64
06-02-2017
23
50
08-17-2017
24
66
06-11-2017
27
50
05-30-2017
26
67, 41
06-28-2017
22
64
07-14-2017
26
34
06-29-2017
22
30, 77
07-01-2017
22
30, 50
05-12-2017
25
50, 64
06-11-2017
24
41, 30
06-14-2017
22
38
04-10-2017
26
47
04-12-2017
24
41
07-17-2017
25
39
06-27-2017
22
36, 50
06-24-2017
26
1
06-24-2017
21
58
07-01-2017
23
64
06-20-2017
30
38
06-09-2017
25
26
06-15-2017
24
48
06-14-2017
24
62
09-01-2017
25
63
05-03-2017
25
35
04-05-2017
23
44
05-11-2017
26
13
09-09-2017
26
28
09-03-2017
28
48
06-22-2017
23
54
05-03-2017
25
68
06-22-2017
23
8
04-29-2017
24
13
06-02-2017
25
40
08-14-2017
24
46
05-03-2017
21
34
06-07-2017
23
58
04-24-2017
23
36
07-18-2017
27
55
06-29-2017
28
50
04-02-2017
27
29
04-04-2017
23
59
05-14-2017
25
54
05-30-2017
23
56
05-17-2017
32
55
09-12-2017
22
45
08-22-2017
24
49
04-08-2017
27
53
09-06-2017
27
18
04-05-2017
24
68
08-14-2017
24
30
05-19-2017
22
38
08-09-2017
27
59
04-08-2017
29
58
08-15-2017
25
43
05-09-2017
26
10
06-23-2017
27
36
09-01-2017
26
45
08-12-2017
26
56
09-02-2017
26
53
06-27-2017
28
15
05-18-2017
24
46
06-30-2017
25
7
09-01-2017
21
2017 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 2017 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.

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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