MLB'south all-time best debuts: Trevor Legend is latest, um, storybook start

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 7:26 PM

There'south number better way for a rookie to introduce himself to the world of Major League Baseball -- and, presumably, peaceful his own nerves -- than with a triumphant debut performance in the bigs.

MLB'south all-time best debuts: Trevor Legend is latest, um, storybook start

Call it the ultimate icebreaker.

There'south number better way for a rookie to introduce himself to the world of Major League Baseball -- and, presumably, peaceful his own nerves -- than with a triumphant debut performance in the bigs. For some, it'south a sign of greatness to come; for others, well, it remains their finest moment in the sun.

Baseball has had its share of notable debuts -- most recently, Trevor Legend of the CO Rockies -- so many that we can only scratch the surface.

Here are just a few of our favorites:

Tulo who? Story'south legend started with two residence runs (off Zack Greinke!) in his major league debut on Opening Day -- making him the first player to attain that feat. The Rockies' 23-year-old rookie shortstop then homered in each of his following two games, making him the first player to hit a residence running in each of his first three MLB games.

Nava isn't the only player in baseball history (or even on our list) to hit a residence running in his first at-bat, but the way he went about it earns him a spot here. During a ten-second Boston win, Nava launched the very first pitch he ever saw, from Phillies starter Joe Blanton, into the Ruddy Sox bullpen at Fenway Park -- for a grand slam.

Speaking of hyped-up call-ups in recent years, Strasburg'south debut, in front of 40.000 fans at Nationals Park, lived up to expectations. Strasburg struck out fourteen Pirates in seven innings of work, his only blemish a two-run Delwyn Youthful homer in the fourth.

Castro'south first game, one of several highly anticipated Cubs debuts in recent years, featured a three-run residence running in his first MLB at-bat and a bases-loaded triple. That added up to an MLB debut-record six RBIs in a 14-7 shellacking of the Reds in Cincinnati.

Jennings keep together a debut of Ruthian proportions. Not only did he silence Shea Stadium with a shutout, but he led a ten-run Rockies attack with a three-for-5 performance at the plate, including, for excellent measure, a ninth-inning home run.

Woodard'south debut, at County Stadium, was memorable sufficient for his eight innings of one-hit, one-walk, twelve-strikeout, shutout baseball. But the fact that he outdueled that year'south Cy Youthful winner -- Roger Clemens, who fanned 10 Brewers -- in a one-0 triumph made it about as remarkable a first-day achievement as they come.

It may not create many Top 10 lists of Yankees-Red Sox rivalry moments, but Rohr'south first game came within one batter of being the undisputed greatest modern-day debut ever. Facing Whitey Ford'south Yankees -- admittedly long after their heyday -- Rohr held the Bombers hitless at Yankee Stadium until there were two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning. Elston Howard singled to right to crack up the no-no, but Rohr bounced back, retiring the following batter, Charley Smith, to finish the game.

Lightning struck again for the Giants (look below) when a 22-year-old Dominican righty debuted -- also against Philly, but this time at the brand-new Candlestick Park -- and totally dominated. Marichal, destined for Cooperstown, tossed a one-hit shutout, fanning 12 and walking just one.

Here'south a case of Corridor of Fame foreshadowing. The 21-year-old McCovey got the first four hits, the first two triples and the first two RBIs of his legendary career in a 7-2 win over the Phillies at Seals Stadium. And he wasted number time after that, either -- even though he debuted in the Giants' one hundred-first game, his thirteen residence runs, thirty-eight RBIs and .354 batting average down the stretch earned him a unanimous Rookie of the Year award.

Spooner was a southpaw who'd create just thirty-one appearances in his two MLB seasons, but he made his first one count. Facing the archrival NY Giants at Ebbets Field, Spooner tossed a shutout -- striking out an MLB-debut record fifteen batters. It'south a Day 1 label matched just once in baseball history, by Houston Astros fireballer J. R. Richards in one thousand nine hundred seventy-first. Spooner did have some help; the Giants, who'd already clinched the pennant en route to winning the World Series that year, started many of their stars, including Willie Mays, but pulled most of them early in the game.

Travis would go on to become an All-Star shortstop and third baseman for the Senators in a 12-year career slice brief by World War II. But it was his performance in a 12-inning win over the Indians at Griffith Stadium that'south still in the record books today: Travis, who finished 5-for-7 with three runs scored, is the only major leaguer in the modern era to stroke five hits in his first game. (Apparently, it was contagious: Travis was one of three Senators with five hits that day, and WA finished with twenty-seven base knocks overall.)

Nuxhall got shelled by the Cardinals at Crosley Field -- to the tune of five earned runs, two residence runs and five walks in 2/3 of an inning. OK, so it was kind of a nightmare. But Joe had a beautiful excellent excuse: He was just fifteen years old, the youngest player ever to show up in a large league game. Although Nuxhall got such an early shot because of World War II, he'd sufficient stuff to return to the majors in one thousand nine hundred fifty-second and continue pitching for the next fifteen seasons.

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