National League Players Who Retired in 1939

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 1939.

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National League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1939

1939 AL Retirements / 1939 NL Retirements

12
09-25-1939
35
28
04-22-1939
29
2, 25
07-20-1939
25
26
10-01-1939
27
27
09-25-1939
22
40
10-01-1939
28
29
10-01-1939
26
22
10-01-1939
28
22
08-27-1939
32
23
09-23-1939
24
8, 32
09-29-1939
27
32
05-21-1939
23
34
06-20-1939
25
28
06-16-1939
29
43
10-01-1939
36
31
09-30-1939
40
27
10-01-1939
27
37
08-14-1939
34
19
10-01-1939
32
14
06-18-1939
36
14
09-19-1939
33
36
07-02-1939
28
38
05-14-1939
24
45
04-17-1939
36
34
05-08-1939
35
15
07-04-1939
25
21
07-17-1939
29
15
09-18-1939
20
19
06-07-1939
35
1
09-25-1939
26
23
10-01-1939
27
27
09-28-1939
31
35
05-04-1939
22
10
08-06-1939
26
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05-23-1939
21
34
04-25-1939
23
7
09-15-1939
27
12
05-27-1939
28
28
08-26-1939
21
11
09-24-1939
25
7
09-30-1939
25
11
06-07-1939
28
16
06-03-1939
29
28
08-05-1939
29
20
09-30-1939
25
5
05-29-1939
33
20
09-05-1939
34
16
06-04-1939
31
22
09-27-1939
23
14
05-22-1939
37
7
09-10-1939
23
13
09-03-1939
25
4
05-29-1939
22
17
09-30-1939
31
1
10-01-1939
25

National League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1939

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Find out which players made their Major League debut in the National League during the 1939 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.

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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