American League Players Who Retired in 1902

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 American League League players who hung up their spikes in 1902.

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American League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1902

1902 AL Retirements / 1902 NL Retirements

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08-19-1902
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09-29-1902
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05-10-1902
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08-16-1902
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09-04-1902
22
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09-27-1902
24
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09-29-1902
27
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06-10-1902
25
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09-29-1902
23
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08-08-1902
28
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07-21-1902
22
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07-29-1902
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09-29-1902
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09-22-1902
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08-05-1902
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08-03-1902
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09-29-1902
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09-28-1902
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08-25-1902
30
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08-11-1902
23
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05-04-1902
23
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09-04-1902
25
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07-17-1902
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09-14-1902
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09-14-1902
28
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06-18-1902
28
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07-29-1902
21
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05-07-1902
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09-27-1902
24
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09-05-1902
25
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09-20-1902
26
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09-18-1902
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09-21-1902
29
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09-27-1902
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09-20-1902
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09-22-1902
27
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09-08-1902
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09-27-1902
25
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09-18-1902
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05-09-1902
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06-16-1902
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05-22-1902
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09-23-1902
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05-17-1902
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09-24-1902
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09-18-1902
27

American League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1902

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Find out which players made their Major League debut in the American League during the 1902 season as this group of players bid farewell to their field's of dreams.

On September 28, 1960, broadcaster Curt Gowdy uttered, "It's got a chance. It's got a chance. And it's gone!" Those words were used to describe the final at-bat of slugger Ted Williams .

On July 28, 1976 , Blue Moon Odom pitched the final five innings of his Major League career. He was relieved by Francisco Barrios in the sixth inning and the two White Sox combined to pitch a 2-1 no-hitter versus the Oakland Athletics.

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