National League Players Who Retired in 1908

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 1908.

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"I'll never make the mistake of being seventy (70) again." - Casey Stengel comment made after being told to quit following the 1960 World Series

National League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1908

1908 AL Retirements / 1908 NL Retirements

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06-17-1908
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10-07-1908
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10-03-1908
36
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08-10-1908
22
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10-07-1908
37
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09-19-1908
24
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07-04-1908
24
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09-29-1908
31
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10-07-1908
27
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10-07-1908
23
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09-29-1908
24
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10-06-1908
30
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05-22-1908
27
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09-29-1908
26
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08-29-1908
32
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10-07-1908
30
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09-26-1908
27
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07-21-1908
23
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10-03-1908
35
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08-01-1908
24
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10-04-1908
25
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07-30-1908
28
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09-30-1908
34
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04-27-1908
24
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06-25-1908
20
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05-10-1908
25
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09-02-1908
30
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10-07-1908
29
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06-25-1908
24
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10-07-1908
29
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08-16-1908
29
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10-05-1908
37
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06-02-1908
31
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09-29-1908
33
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10-02-1908
33
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10-07-1908
23
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09-29-1908
29
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04-24-1908
28
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10-04-1908
26
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04-29-1908
27
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09-30-1908
33
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05-16-1908
23
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09-05-1908
35
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09-18-1908
26
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09-22-1908
26
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09-03-1908
23
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10-03-1908
26
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10-03-1908
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09-02-1908
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10-04-1908
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10-04-1908
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09-26-1908
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10-03-1908
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07-12-1908
27

National League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1908

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Find out which players made their Major League debut in the National League during the 1908 season as this group of players bid farewell to their field's of dreams.

Goose Goslin played for eighteen seasons and averaged one-hundred twenty-seven games played per season. In 1938, during his final at-bat, he twisted his back and was replaced at the plate by a pinch-hitter for the first time in his Major League career.

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.

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