American League Players Who Retired in 1952

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 1952.

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American League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1952

1952 AL Retirements / 1952 NL Retirements

25
05-10-1952
31
27
09-21-1952
41
4
08-24-1952
35
26, 39
09-17-1952
27
37
06-30-1952
31
33, 34
04-16-1952
28
37
09-28-1952
28
23
05-04-1952
32
32
08-05-1952
28
34
09-28-1952
24
38
08-17-1952
36
36
09-16-1952
32
3
07-27-1952
29
47
04-17-1952
27
18
09-27-1952
23
11
09-28-1952
32
20
09-03-1952
35
23
07-05-1952
33
5
05-03-1952
33
15
09-14-1952
39
16
05-10-1952
39
28
09-28-1952
28
19
05-09-1952
29
32
09-27-1952
36
26
07-15-1952
29
15
09-19-1952
22
5
09-28-1952
30
31
05-10-1952
27
28, 99
09-14-1952
36
35
08-20-1952
35
34, 39
08-20-1952
28
25
09-01-1952
31
18
04-29-1952
30
2
09-26-1952
22
37
09-01-1952
32
36
09-06-1952
23
16
09-21-1952
33
34
09-04-1952
33
21
08-26-1952
33
3
05-23-1952
30
17
09-26-1952
30
21
09-28-1952
24
20, 28
09-27-1952
28
8, 14
09-27-1952
25
6
04-27-1952
30
24
09-27-1952
31
24
06-14-1952
23
25
08-03-1952
33
28
05-13-1952
33
23
05-02-1952
24
9
09-19-1952
28
21
09-28-1952
37
15
04-22-1952
21
33
09-23-1952
34
18
08-30-1952
34
9
07-28-1952
25
10
09-27-1952
34
7
09-23-1952
31
34
09-27-1952
27
4
04-30-1952
25
15
09-23-1952
22

American League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1952

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Find out which players made their Major League debut in the American League during the 1952 season as this group of players bid farewell to their field's of dreams.

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.

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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