National League Players Who Retired in 1890

The baseball torch is passed from season to season and in some cases, from game to game. In 1911, Cy Young pitched his final Major League game, lost 1-0, and ended the final season of his career with a losing record of 7-9 and an ERA of 3.77. Young's opponent that particular day was a first-year pitcher named Grover Alexander who received the win, added to his league leading shutout total, and went on to begin his career with a winning record of 28-13 and an ERA of 2.57.

Bob Gibson, who was easily one of the most intense competitors of all time, gave up a grand slam to the last Major League hitter he faced, Pete LaCock of the Chicago Cubs. Fifteen years passed and when the two faced off during an old-timer's game, Gibson hit LaCock on his back with a fastball.

Babe Ruth summed it up when he responded to a question about retirement by saying, "A ballplayer should quit when it starts to feel as if all the baselines run uphill." Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a comprehensive list of National League League players who hung up their spikes in 1890.

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National League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1890

1890 AL Retirements / 1890 NL Retirements

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07-08-1890
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05-09-1890
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09-09-1890
33
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07-04-1890
25
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07-26-1890
23
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07-14-1890
31
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10-02-1890
23
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04-28-1890
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06-16-1890
23
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07-11-1890
25
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10-03-1890
31
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08-02-1890
32
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08-18-1890
32
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07-19-1890
25
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10-04-1890
27
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08-06-1890
22
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08-05-1890
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04-23-1890
26
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08-12-1890
28
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10-15-1890
31
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10-04-1890
24
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05-19-1890
30
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09-18-1890
30
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10-04-1890
27
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08-07-1890
26
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10-03-1890
33
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08-22-1890
26
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10-03-1890
33
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08-01-1890
24
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04-23-1890
29
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06-23-1890
29
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10-04-1890
27
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09-29-1890
21
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06-24-1890
23
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07-18-1890
27
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06-28-1890
36
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10-03-1890
23
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10-03-1890
26
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08-07-1890
20
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06-23-1890
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06-23-1890
26
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06-23-1890
26
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08-19-1890
18
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08-30-1890
18
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09-30-1890
34
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05-31-1890
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10-03-1890
27
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07-12-1890
19
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06-02-1890
21
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08-28-1890
28
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06-09-1890
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09-01-1890
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04-21-1890
19
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10-03-1890
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06-19-1890
25
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08-18-1890
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07-25-1890
28
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05-23-1890
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06-19-1890
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National League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1890

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Find out which players made their Major League debut in the National League during the 1890 season as this group of players bid farewell to their field's of dreams.

Hank Aaron ended his Major League career on October 3, 1976, with a sharp single during the sixth inning off Dave Roberts of the Detroit Tigers.

Did you know that future hall of fame pitcher Walter Johnson ended his Major League career in 1927 with a pinch-hit appearance? During the final game of the season pitcher Tom Zachary , who had just given up Babe Ruth's sixtieth home run of the season, was lifted and Johnson replaced him at the plate.

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