Fritz Ackley

Ackley’s first major-league appearance came on September 21, 1963, when he squared off against future Tigers star Denny McLain, also making his big-league debut. Detroit won, 4-3. The next Tiger to kick off his career with a starting assignment against a fellow debutante was Nate Cornejo, who faced Texas call-up Joaquin Benoit on August 8, 2001.