Major League Baseball Players Who Homered in Their Last At-Bat
Baseball is Life, so goes the old saying. A baseball life is spent working through pain. It's spent sliding and hitting and stealing and traveling over six months of the year. Most of the players consider this a privilege. It is the greatest time of their lives. What better way to say thank you and good-bye than with a home run in your final at bat?
Ted Williams' final good-bye is memorable. It is the stuff of legends.
Fifty-five other men have done likewise. They have ended the best years of their lives in the most wonderful way possible. They retire in style, leaving at the top of their game, never to be remembered as losing their edge. Baseball Almanac presents these final hurrahs from some of the game's greatest.
In Chronological Order
Ed Scott (2)
Chick Stahl (36)
Walt Kinney (2)
Clay Van Alstyne (1)
Mickey Cochrane (119)
Bert Haas (22)
Joe Frazier (10)
Ron Samford (5)
Ted Williams (521)
Don Gile (3)
Ed Hobaugh (1)
Tony Kubek (57)
Ken McMullen (156)
Kevin Pasley (1)
Joe Rudi (179)
Willie Aikens (110)
Rufino Linares (11)
Bobby Rose (5)
Jeff Tackett (7)
Juan Diaz (1)
Brad Snyder (2)
In Chronological Order
Did you know that the historic home run hit by Ted Williams in his final at bat is often shown whenever a special about his life appears on television? Listen to the authentic recording on this page then watch closely during the next televised event.
Click the Radio to Play/Pause Ted Williams' Final At-Bat - Home Run #521
Trivia Fans: Use this chart to determine players from teams who were first or most recent, players with the most in the league when they joined the "club", players who had a home run in both their first at bat and their last at bat, etcetera.
Did you know that while Ron Samford homered in his last at-bat, on September 7, 1959 , he appeared in four more games and had one more plate appearance? Samford executed a sacrifice bunt on September 23, 1959 , in his last game.
Don Gile became the first player to hit a walk-off home run in his last at-bat, for the Boston Red Sox in game two of a doubleheader on September 30, 1962 . This walk-off home run was hit in the last game of the 1962 Boston Red Sox season!
Ramon Santiago hit the "ultimate" walk-off home run September 27, 2014 , playing for the Cincinnati Reds against the Pittsburgh Pirates . In the bottom of the 10th inning, tied at six, two outs, bases loaded, Santiago cleared the bases against left-hander Bobby LaFromboise . Incidentally LaFromboise only gave up two homeruns in his career - both were grand slams.
Did you know that while pitcher Ed Hobaugh homered in his last at-bat, on September 2, 1963 , he appeared in eight more games and had one more plate appearance? In that last plate appearance, on September 7, 1963 , Hobaugh drew a walk.
Did you know that while Glenn Braggs , on 09-10-1992 , homered in his last Major League at bat, he played four more seasons (1993 to 1996) in the Japan Central League for the Yokohama Bay Stars, hitting 91 more home runs?
Mickey Cochrane had one more plate appearance in a game on May 25, 1937 , after his home run in the third inning listed above. Cochrane was hit in the head with a pitch (not an at-bat), which fractured his skull, knocked him out of the game, and resulted in the end of his Hall of Fame playing career.