2019 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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"Always be cautious about rookie performances in September. They don't indicate what will happen in April." - Texas Rangers General Manager Tom Grieve

2019 American League Debuts

2019 A.L. Rookies | 2019 N.L. Rookies | Baseball Firsts (All Years)

32
07-01-2019
25
56
08-17-2019
24
6
03-28-2019
25
52
04-20-2019
27
1
03-28-2019
24
62
08-13-2019
26
55
07-29-2019
25
71
04-03-2019
27
23
04-20-2019
23
63
04-23-2019
22
71
07-02-2019
25
65, 56
04-23-2019
24
73
06-07-2019
24
72
05-29-2019
26
84
07-03-2019
23
38
06-19-2019
24
74
03-28-2019
22
20
09-03-2019
25
59
05-25-2019
25
40
06-23-2019
23
2
06-28-2019
23
66
06-22-2019
24
70
09-14-2019
23
35
05-14-2019
24
65
05-28-2019
24
63
05-25-2019
29
7
03-28-2019
27
70
07-03-2019
24
49
08-24-2019
22
50
08-02-2019
24
33
09-02-2019
24
50
03-29-2019
26
66
05-07-2019
24
63
05-11-2019
29
34
07-30-2019
24
71
08-09-2019
25
65
05-11-2019
24
66
07-31-2019
22
44
06-09-2019
21
61
06-14-2019
24
29
05-12-2019
23
9
05-27-2019
28
67
06-27-2019
26
11
05-28-2019
26
13
08-22-2019
22
65
07-02-2019
24
2
06-20-2019
25
33
08-08-2019
26
51
03-31-2019
26
47
04-27-2019
24
1
05-14-2019
24
55
04-09-2019
23
9
09-03-2019
27
26
09-05-2019
24
25
03-28-2019
26
67
09-05-2019
24
11
07-12-2019
26
63
07-25-2019
25
45
03-31-2019
27
47
04-30-2019
22
58
08-20-2019
26
60
04-25-2019
29
4
04-25-2019
22
63
07-27-2019
23
43
08-05-2019
22
54
06-02-2019
21
23
07-03-2019
24
25
05-15-2019
25
66
09-21-2019
24
2
05-18-2019
22
68
08-09-2019
24
80
06-08-2019
27
51
09-01-2019
21
19
03-31-2019
30
41
09-04-2019
27
71
06-19-2019
25
31
05-28-2019
23
61
07-23-2019
25
43
06-30-2019
23
30
06-28-2019
25
30, 90
04-21-2019
23
36, 74, 36
04-18-2019
26
74
04-10-2019
27
73
09-27-2019
24
72
08-12-2019
26
73
08-13-2019
24
49
05-03-2019
25
65
08-26-2019
27
44
09-11-2019
21
12
09-04-2019
24
64
08-30-2019
24
31
08-21-2019
24
56
04-12-2019
27
5
03-21-2019
25
65
03-21-2019
27
12
07-26-2019
31
35
09-12-2019
23
8
08-21-2019
24
37
08-02-2019
26
45
08-17-2019
26
18
03-21-2019
27
30
09-10-2019
24
39
05-11-2019
23
10
07-24-2019
25
37
05-12-2019
28
36
08-02-2019
26
64
05-20-2019
24
25
03-20-2019
26
23
06-16-2019
29
61
06-08-2019
27
50
04-11-2019
25
31
09-10-2019
25
43
09-12-2019
26
40
05-12-2019
29
43
06-23-2019
25
73
09-11-2019
29
58
07-12-2019
25
35
04-29-2019
23
49
06-29-2019
23
38
06-08-2019
25
71
09-06-2019
29
31
09-05-2019
24
55
03-28-2019
25
70
08-20-2019
23
43
08-04-2019
21
43
03-28-2019
26
46
06-09-2019
25
63
04-25-2019
24
16
08-02-2019
26
72
08-21-2019
23
68
04-23-2019
25
59
04-19-2019
23
62
06-08-2019
24
51
07-06-2019
24
15
08-20-2019
24
45
06-25-2019
26
67
06-08-2019
27
11
07-29-2019
21
8
05-24-2019
24
59
08-04-2019
22
27
04-26-2019
20
70
09-07-2019
24
65
03-31-2019
19
68
06-12-2019
26
57
03-31-2019
25
62
05-27-2019
25
71
09-03-2019
24
2019 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 2019 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 the final day of the 1930 season, Dizzy Dean was called up and pitched a three-hitter. In Spring Training the following year, Dean had a fight with catcher Gabby Street and the franchise left him in the Minor Leagues all season long.

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