I've cherry-picked from the list that Christensen provides, and in its un-heoric tone it reminds one that disappointing plate appearances spare no one, that on the day-to-day score baseball could care less about drama: Yaz pops out to second; Gehrig flies out to center fielder; Murray, pinch hitting, grounds into a 5-4-3 double play to end the game; Ott, also pinch hitting, grounds out to an unknown infielder; Thomas strikes out swinging; Mantle pops out to shortstop; Griffey hits a grounder for the forceout at second; Ruth grounds out to first base....
Humbling stuff. Here’s Christensen's full breakdown of what 30 players did in their final at-bats:
Ground out: 10And now to some videotape:
Pop up: 3
Fly ball: 4
Strike out: 3
unknown out: 1
Sacrifice fly: 1
Jeter, of course, did this in his final at-bat:
George Brett, appropriately enough, singled in his:
And tragically, Thurman Munson's strikeout against Ken Kravec at Comiskey Park on August 1, 1979 turned out to be the final at-bat of his great career:
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