National League Players Who Retired in 1980

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 1980.

"I want to hit a routine grounder to second and run all out to first base, then get thrown out by a half step. I want to leave an example to the young guys that that's how you play the game, all out." - George Brett
National League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1980

1980 AL Retirements / 1980 NL Retirements

16
08-03-1980
30
22
10-05-1980
23
14
09-25-1980
28
46
10-05-1980
29
17
10-05-1980
23
24
07-19-1980
34
12
08-06-1980
25
16
06-21-1980
28
42
07-26-1980
31
34
09-16-1980
25
9
10-01-1980
34
50
07-14-1980
30
23
10-06-1980
44
9
10-06-1980
29
28
10-05-1980
26
32
09-25-1980
38
11
10-05-1980
28
49
06-07-1980
26
21
10-01-1980
32
58
10-05-1980
24
28
10-05-1980
20
39
07-14-1980
32
11
10-05-1980
38
34
05-04-1980
21
12
09-23-1980
32
2
09-29-1980
33
19
05-02-1980
37
35
10-05-1980
36
47
07-04-1980
26
30
10-05-1980
32
21
10-05-1980
28
22
08-09-1980
32
5
08-10-1980
31
42
10-04-1980
22
34
09-09-1980
22
18
10-05-1980
24
35
10-05-1980
26
44
07-06-1980
42
16
08-10-1980
32
23
10-03-1980
25
50
08-05-1980
22
49
05-25-1980
33
41
08-27-1980
24
34
04-18-1980
38
47
10-03-1980
23
48
09-27-1980
23
3, 11
10-05-1980
27
National League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1980


Find out which players made their Major League debut in the National League during the 1980 season as this group of players bid farewell to their field's of dreams.

Stan Musial ended his Major League career on September 29, 1963. His final hit was a single during the sixth inning off Jim Maloney which drove in his last RBI (which was Curt Flood ).

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.

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