American League Players Who Retired in 1954
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
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 1954.