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Retires - Notable Historical Events

james j jeffriesMay 13, 1905

Walter JohnsonOct 14, 1926

BradmanFeb 6, 1948

Mackenzie KingNov 15, 1948

Joe LouisMar 1, 1949

Connie MackOct 18, 1950

Honus WagnerFeb 16, 1952

Rocky MarcianoApr 27, 1956

Jackie RobinsonDec 13, 1956

Red AuerbachApr 26, 1966

George HalasMay 27, 1968

Jimmy StewartMay 31, 1968

Mickey MantleMar 1, 1969

Gordie HoweMar 12, 1972

Oscar RobertsonSep 3, 1974

PeleOct 3, 1974

Frank MahovlichOct 7, 1979

Arthur AsheApr 16, 1980

Bjorn BorgSep 24, 1982

Ted WilliamsMay 29, 1984

Guy LafleurNov 26, 1984

Mike BossyOct 24, 1988

Bill WalshJan 22, 1989

Mike SchmidtMay 29, 1989

Kareem Abdul-JabbarMar 20, 1990

Nolan RyanJun 11, 1990

Wilt ChamberlainMar 18, 1991

Diego MaradonaAug 1, 1991

Magic JohnsonNov 7, 1991

Colin PowellSep 30, 1993

Kirby PuckettJul 12, 1996

Dino CiccarelliAug 31, 1999

Pat LaFontaineOct 12, 1999

Scotty BowmanJun 13, 2002

Lance ArmstrongJul 24, 2005

Alan GreenspanJan 31, 2006

Steve YzermanJul 3, 2006

Jerry RiceAug 24, 2006

Joe GibbsJan 8, 2008

Fidel CastroFeb 24, 2008

Joe SakicJul 9, 2009

Michael SchumacherOct 4, 2012

Alexandre BilodeauOct 1, 2014

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Retires - Historical Events
Date Event
1859-04-30

Paul Morphy returns from 10-month chess tour of Europe, retires

1905-05-13

james j jeffries retires as boxing champion

1912-03-15

Pitcher Cy Young retires from baseball with 511 wins

1917-06-23

Ernie Shore replaces Red Sox pitcher Babe Ruth with a runner on, he throws him out & retires all 26 he faces for a perfect game

1923-09-11

After a single, Red Sox Howard Ehmke retires next 27 Yanks

1926-10-14

Walter Johnson retires, signs 2-year contract to manage Newark

1927-10-07

Yank Herb Pennock retires 1st 22 Pirates in World Series game

1927-10-17

Ban Johnson, in failing health, retires as AL president

1932-07-03

John McGraw retires from baseball

1938-11-01

German colonel-general Gerd von Runstedt retires

1940-11-25

U of Mich retires Tom Harmon's #98

1945-01-17

Gilbert Dodds, record miler (4:05.3), retires to do gospel work

1948-02-06

Bradman retires hurt, 57 in his last Test Cricket innings in Australia

1948-11-15

Mackenzie King retires after spending 22 years as the Prime Minister of Canada

1949-03-01

Joe Louis retires as heavyweight boxing champ

1950-10-18

Connie Mack retires as manager of A's after 50 years

1952-02-16

Hall of Famer Honus Wagner, 77, retires; Pirates retire his #33

1953-05-16

Phillies Curt Simmons gives up a single, then retires next 27 in a row

1953-12-07

Israel's PM Ben-Gurion retires

1954-05-13

Robin Roberts gives up a HR then retires next 27 men in a row

1954-08-10

Sir Gordon Richards retires as a jockey with record 4,870 wins

1956-04-27

Heavyweight champ, Rocky Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing

1956-12-13

Dodgers trade Jackie Robinson to Giants for pitcher Dick Littlefield & $35,000 Robinson retires

1957-01-05

Dodgers' Jackie Robinson retires rather than be traded to NY Giants

1960-03-25

Ford Frick voids Indians-Red Sox deal as Sam White retires

1960-05-01

Pancho Gonzalez retires from tennis

1960-09-16

Amos Alonzo Stagg retires as a football coach at 98

1962-03-21

Philadelphia retires pitcher Robin Roberts' # 36

1962-04-03

Jockey Eddie Arcaro retires after 31 years (24,092 races)

1962-06-23

Larry Doby retires from Cleve Indians to play in Japan

1963-08-17

Oriole's Dick Hall retires his 28th consecutive player in relief

1966-03-10

5 time Horse of the Year, Kelso, retires

1966-03-12

Jockey Johnny Longden retires after 40 years (6,032 wins)

1966-04-26

Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic's coach

1967-08-16

Cin Red Jim Maloney retires 19 Pirates, then gets injured & leaves

1968-05-27

George Halas retires from coaching, finishing with 318 regular-season wins and 6 NFL titles

1968-05-31

American movie star Jimmy Stewart retires from the Air Force after 27 years of service, and is promoted to major general by President Reagan

1969-03-01

NY Yankees' Mickey Mantle retires

1969-08-11

Don Drysdale retires because of damage to his right shoulder

1970-07-31

Chet Huntley retires from NBC, ends "Huntley-Brinkley Report"

1971-06-21

Indians Ken Harrelson retires from baseball to play pro golf

1971-09-09

NHL great Gordie Howe retires

1972-03-12

NHL great Gordie Howe retires after 26 seasons

1972-03-27

Adolph Rupp retires after 42 years of coaching U of Kentucky

1972-08-29

SF Giant Jim Barr retires 1st 20 batters he faces added to last 21 he retired 6 days earlier for record 41 in a row

1974-06-24

Steve Busby retires 1st 9 White Sox to set AL record with 33 consecutive batters retired

1974-09-03

NBA guard Oscar Robertson retires

1974-10-03

Pele retires as soccer player

1977-01-03

Lindy McDaniel retires with 2nd most pitching appearances (987 games)

1977-05-14

English football international Bobby Moore retires

1977-10-01

Brazilian soccer great Pele retires with 1,281 goals in 1,363 games

1978-03-31

Red Rum wins 3rd consecutive Grand National & retires

1978-12-31

CIA director, Admiral Stansfield Turner retires from the Navy

1979-10-07

Frank Mahovlich formally retires from the NHL after a failed comeback attempt with the Detroit Red Wings

1980-04-16

Arthur Ashe retires from professional tennis

1980-05-30

Tiger reliever John Hiller, 37, (who had a 1971 heart attack), retires

1980-11-04

Sadaharu Oh, 40, pro baseball's all-time HR run king with 868, retires

1981-05-19

Pirate Jim Bibby gives up a leadoff single to Brave Terry Harper, then retires next 27 batters

1981-06-18

Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart retires (replaced by Sandra Day O'Connor, 1st woman on US Supreme Court)

1982-09-24

Tennis great Bjorn Borg retires at 26

1982-11-09

Sugar Ray Leonard retires for 1st time

1983-06-20

NY Yankee Bobby Murcer retires

1983-08-18

Royals defeat Yanks, 5-4, completing "pine-tar" game (12 minutes). Hal McRae strikes out & Dan Quisenberry retires Yankees in order

1984-01-31

Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network

1984-05-29

Boston Red Sox retires #9 (Ted Williams) & #4 (Joe Cronin)

1984-07-01

Royals pitcher Paul Splittorff, retires

1984-10-22

NFL quarterback Ken Stabler retires

1984-11-26

After 518 goals & 14 years with Mont Canadiens, Guy Lafleur retires

1984-12-14

Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from Monday Night Football

1985-12-20

Sportscaster Howard Cosell retires from television sports after 20 years with ABC

1986-05-07

Phillies outfielder Garry Maddox, retires

1986-09-29

Mary Lou Retton retires as a gymnast

1987-02-02

KC Royal pitcher Dennis Leonard (3X 20 game winner), retires

1987-02-19

Less than a month after re-signing, A's pitcher Vida Blue retires

1987-02-23

Dick Howser retires from managing KC Royals, due to brain tumor

1987-06-22

Tom Seaver retires after 3rd try with NY Mets

1987-06-27

Supreme Court Justice Powell retires

1987-08-18

Houston Oiler Earl Campbell, retires from NFL

1988-01-13

LA Dodger/SD Padre Steve Garvey retires

1988-03-24

Quarterback Dan Fouts retires

1988-09-30

Andrei Andreyevich Gromyko retires as Soviet Foreign Minister

1988-10-20

Gastineau sacks Jets, retires from football "for personal reasons"

1988-10-24

NY Islander's & NHL high scorer, Mike Bossy retires

1989-01-22

After winning his third Super Bowl as head coach of the San Fransisco 49ers, Bill Walsh retires

1989-05-29

Phillies 3rd baseman Mike Schmidt, 39, retires

1989-06-05

Billy Smith, last original NY Islander, retires

1989-06-07

23 year old olympic barefoot South African runner Zola Budd retires

1989-07-12

NY Yankee pitching great Ron Guidry retires (170-91 .651, 3.29 ERA)

1989-07-17

Reds reliever Kent Tekulve retires after 1,070 appearances

1990-02-03

Jockey Billy Shoemaker (58), retires after 40,350 horse race

1990-03-20

LA Lakers retires Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's #33

1990-06-11

Nolan Ryan pitches his 6th no-hitter beating Oakland, in 9th he retires Ken Phelps, Rickey Henderson & Willie Randolph (all ex Yanks)

1991-03-18

Phila '76ers retires Wilt Chamberlain's #13 jersey

1991-08-01

Italian/Argentine Soccer star Diego Maradona retires

1991-11-07

Magic Johnson announces he has HIV virus & retires from LA Lakers

1991-12-12

Tampa Bay Bucaneer Dexter Manley, retires after failing drug test

1991-12-26

Chuck Knolls retires as NFL coach after 23 years

1991-12-27

Chuck Knox retires as Seattle Seahawk coach

1992-04-13

Lou Conaseca retires as coach of St John's basketball team

1992-05-07

Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 horse races

1992-06-27

Daryl Gates retires as LA police chief

1992-12-26

NY Jet announcer Marty Glickman retires at 75

1993-05-15

Montreal Expo retires their 1st #, #10 for Rusty Staub

1993-09-30

US General Colin Powell retires at 56

1994-05-01

Charles Kuralt retires as CBS newsman (On the Road)

1994-06-13

Chicago Cub 2nd baseman Ryne Sandberg, retires due to poor play, he forfeits $15.7 million of his $25 million contract

1996-06-23

Archbishop Tutu retires as Archbishop of Cape Town and head of the Anglican Church in South Africa

1996-07-12

Kirby Puckett retires from Minnesota Twins

1996-07-30

Tommy Lasoda retires as LA Dodger manager

1996-08-03

US General William F. Garrison accepts responsibility for outcome of the 1993 raid in Somalia, and retires from military service.

1997-09-28

Newscaster David Brinkley, 74, retires after 54 years in broadcasting

1997-10-09

NC's Dean Smith winningest college basetball coach retires

1997-12-31

Marv Levy, retires as coach of Buffalo Bills

1998-01-30

All-Star Fla Marlin catcher Darren Daulton, retires

1999-08-31

Dino Ciccarelli retires from the NHL

1999-10-12

Pat LaFontaine formally retires from the NHL due to lingering concussion problems

2000-10-26

Laurent Gbagbo takes over as president of Côte d'Ivoire following a popular uprising against President Robert Guéï. Bret Hart retires.

2002-06-13

Scotty Bowman wins his 9th Stanley Cup as a coach, an NHL record, and retires

2004-09-30

The AIM-54 Phoenix, the primary missile for the F-14 Tomcat, retired from service. Almost two years later, the Tomcat retires.

2005-07-24

Lance Armstrong retires after winning a record seventh consecutive Tour de France victory (stripped for doping in 2012)

2006-01-31

Alan Greenspan retires as Chairman of the Federal Reserve

2006-07-03

Steve Yzerman officially retires from the NHL, finishing with 692 goals and 1755 points

2006-08-24

After signing a one-day contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jerry Rice officially retires from the NFL

2006-09-22

The F-14 Tomcat retires from the United States Navy.

2008-01-08

Joe Gibbs retires, for the second time, as head coach of the Washington Redskins

2008-02-24

Fidel Castro retires as the President of Cuba after nearly fifty years.

2008-04-21

The United States Air Force retires the F-117 Nighthawk.

2009-07-09

Joe Sakic retires after 21 NHL seasons with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche franchise, finishing with 625 goals and 1,641 points

2012-10-04

Formula One legend, Michael Schumacher, retires

2014-10-01

Canadian freestyle skier and two-time Olympic gold medalist Alexandre Bilodeau retires at 27

2015-11-19

Richie McCaw: All Blacks great retires after record 148 caps

2018-02-12

Pierce joins Celtics legends as team retires his No. 34

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Retires - Birthdays
Date Event
1927-04-21

Danny Williams, Danny Williams Retires

Retires - Deaths
Date Event
2013-02-19

Danny Williams, Danny Williams Retires


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