National League Players Who Retired in 1997

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 1997.

"You start chasing a ball and your brain immediately commands your body to: Run forward. Bend. Scoop up the ball. Peg it to the infield. Then your body says, 'Who, me?'" - Retirement comment made by Joe DiMaggio
National League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1997

1997 AL Retirements / 1997 NL Retirements

26
08-16-1997
38
19
09-28-1997
34
50
09-26-1997
22
33
09-27-1997
23
23
09-28-1997
38
38
04-22-1997
29
53
09-06-1997
28
14
09-28-1997
27
31
09-24-1997
26
41
09-26-1997
25
37
07-10-1997
27
28
05-22-1997
34
28
09-28-1997
37
47
09-25-1997
28
24
09-28-1997
29
12
09-28-1997
29
18
06-26-1997
33
54
07-02-1997
30
20
10-26-1997
35
43
09-27-1997
35
13
09-26-1997
31
21
09-27-1997
30
50
04-05-1997
34
59
09-26-1997
27
54
07-04-1997
30
4
06-29-1997
29
43
07-14-1997
31
4
09-28-1997
40
29
06-11-1997
30
29
09-27-1997
29
22
09-28-1997
40
7
09-27-1997
35
5
05-04-1997
32
50
09-28-1997
30
56
09-28-1997
27
33
09-20-1997
41
38
09-25-1997
37
29
07-21-1997
27
19
09-25-1997
35
49
07-02-1997
39
49
09-27-1997
27
18
09-18-1997
26
10
06-15-1997
28
10
05-26-1997
32
50
06-11-1997
28
53
09-28-1997
31
22
09-28-1997
26
57
09-27-1997
27
47
05-16-1997
28
15
08-17-1997
25
41
06-20-1997
28
49
05-30-1997
22
33
08-17-1997
27
45
04-07-1997
34
57
04-28-1997
29
39
04-25-1997
25
46
07-15-1997
30
33
06-11-1997
28
34
08-07-1997
35
52
05-24-1997
26
54
09-27-1997
28
14
05-19-1997
38
43
06-06-1997
31
8
09-28-1997
33
50
07-27-1997
27
33
09-25-1997
33
56
09-27-1997
26
68
06-28-1997
25
22
07-23-1997
36
32
05-02-1997
42
61
05-09-1997
29
67
04-11-1997
24
23
09-28-1997
28
12
09-27-1997
36
34
07-14-1997
36
National League Baseball Players Who Retired in 1997


Find out which players made their Major League debut in the National League during the 1997 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.

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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