June 11, 1937: Poffenberger gets best of Grove in debut

The Detroit Tigers found themselves on a nice little four-game…

April 23, 1940: Pee Wee Reese goes 1-for-3 in Dodgers debut

“I don’t want to play with Brooklyn.”1 It’s unthinkable…

September 17, 1941: Stan Musial makes his major-league debut

In spring training before the 1941 season, the St. Louis Cardinals…

September 28, 1943: George Kell debuts in Connie Mack’s all-rookie lineup

The Philadelphia Athletics were in the cellar of the eight-team…

June 10, 1944: At age 15, Reds' Joe Nuxhall becomes youngest player to appear in MLB game

On the afternoon of June 10, 1944, just 3,510 individuals came…

September 22, 1946: Yogi Berra and Bobby Brown shine in MLB debut with Yankees

For the third straight year, the New York Yankees were not headed…

April 15, 1947: Jackie Robinson's major league debut

Jackie Robinson’s major league debut was more than just the…

September 28, 1947: Curt Simmons has a blazing debut for Phillies at age 18

The death of pitcher Bob Miller in September 2020 left only one…

August 3, 1948: Satchel Paige's first major-league start

The old saying “timing is everything” has been proved true…

May 25, 1951: Willie Mays makes his major-league debut with Giants

On May 25, 1951, the New York Giants were in the final stop of…

April 13, 1953: Max Surkont spins shutout in Milwaukee Braves' first game

A month before Opening Day 1953, the Cincinnati Reds were expecting…

May 6, 1953: Bobo Holloman throws a no-hitter in his first major-league start

Before the 1953 season, pitcher Alva "Bobo" Holloman predicted…

September 17, 1953: Ernie Banks breaks color barrier for Cubs

It’s not so much what Ernie Banks did on Thursday, September…
1954 Baltimore Orioles program (COURTESY OF THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES)

April 15, 1954: Orioles return to Baltimore after 52 years

The streets of Baltimore were jam-packed with an estimated 350,000…
Harmon Killebrew (TRADING CARD DB)

August 23, 1954: Harmon Killebrew goes 3-for-4 in first start for Senators

Harmon Killebrew’s first major-league start hinted at a career…

July 17, 1955: Don Bessent completes Dodgers' debut sweep of Redlegs

“Sometimes it doesn’t pay to get out of bed. The Reds found…
1955 Kansas City Athletics yearbook (COURTESY OF STEPHEN V. RICE)

April 12, 1955: Connie Mack, Harry Truman see Athletics win in Kansas City debut

“Getting the American league franchise formerly held by Philadelphia…