These three Yankees finished their career in uniforms that simply did not look right. We look at the end of Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra, and Hideki Matsui.
It’s rare to find an athlete from any sport who has a long career, spend it with the same franchise. Even the New York Yankees, who are the world’s most successful sports franchise, see some of their stars put on other uniforms.
From the 1930s to the 1960s and up to the 2010s, we find examples of Yankee greats that finished their careers elsewhere. Here’s a look at three who looked quite odd at the end of their careers.
Babe Ruth (Boston Braves, 1935)
Anyone who watched the film ‘The Babe’ knows that the great Babe Ruth finished his career with the Boston Braves. That just did not look right.
Ruth spent six seasons with the Boston Red Sox before being sold to the New York Yankees and becoming the franchises first superstar leading them to their first four World Series championships. Towards the end of his career, Ruth’s skills diminished and his time with the Yankees had come to an end.
In 1935 he joined the Boston Braves, where he’d only spend a few months before retiring. He hit just .181 for the Braves but did have a three-home run game in one of his final pro games.
While it wouldn’t have been too odd if he went back to the Red Sox wearing a Braves uniform to cap off one of baseball’s most legendary careers looked plain awkward.