Experience an intense bout of vertigo when viewing 10 baseball legends in their final uniforms
10 baseball legends in their bizarre last uniforms
We like to freeze the image of our baseball heroes like they were mosquitos in amber that can bring the dinosaurs back. It's a testament to humanity that we recall players in the cap and uniform of where they were best, when their fastballs sizzled and their fly balls soared out of the park -- rather than the last years spent with new teams where their fastballs lag and the deep flies drop into outfielder's gloves. It's the power of selective memory at its finest.
While there are a few single-club members like Derek Jeter, Tony Gwynn and this year's Hall of Fame-inductee Craig Biggio, most have to fill out at least a few change of address cards.
John Smoltz played his last campaign with the Red Sox and Cardinals and Randy Johnson collected his 300th victory as a member of the Giants:
And Pedro Martinez's last start was in the World Series ... with the Phillies:
Some of the images you're about to see could shock your memory. So be careful, hold onto a steady surface and take a deep breath. When you're ready, join me in this alternate dimension where legends don weird uniforms and nothing is as it seems.
Also get that credit card ready as you're going to want to buy more than a few throwback jerseys.
Not ready to hang them up in 1935, Ruth returned to Boston -- this time to play with the Braves. Though age had caught up with the 40-year-old slugger -- Ruth hit .181/.359/.431 with 6 HR in 92 PA.
That was still good enough for a 119 OPS+, or roughly the value that Brandon Moss had in 2014. And no one is asking Moss to retire.
After leading the league in home runs with 44 in 1946, Greenberg set the record for the highest salary in baseball when he broke the $80,000 salary mark with the Pirates in '47.
All he did in Pittsburgh was lead the league in walks with 104 and hit 25 home runs at the age of 36. It was the most home runs for a player in their final season until Ted Williams hit 29 in '60.
While you may remember Berra from his days managing the Mets in the early '70s, you may not remember his time playing for the team in 1965.
After all, he played in Flushing two years after his last game with the Yankees and his stint lasted only four games. He would retire on the eve of his 40th birthday, having collected two hits in nine at-bats.
Mays started his career in New York and it ended in New York, after he was traded to the Mets on May 11, 1972 for relief pitcher Charlie Williams.
While Mays' last season in 1973 is often cited by fans and pundits as what older players should avoid, his 1972 wasn't too shabby. The Say Hey Kid hit .267/.402/.446 with 8 home runs in 69 games.
A devotee to the Cubs, Santo played 14 years for the team before joining their broadcast booth in 1990. So Santo traveled south ... roughly 12 miles south.
Traded for four players before the 1974 season, including now-White Sox broadcaster Steve Stone, Santo played every position in the infield for the White Sox before retiring at the age of 34, having hit just .221 with 5 HR.
After spending twelve years with the Milwaukee Braves before they left for Atlanta, Aaron pulled a Mays in this sort-of homecoming.
Unfortunately, his two years with the Brewers in 1975 and '76 were his only seasons other than his rookie campaign in which he failed to hit 20 home runs.
While you may remember Seaver the White Sox, I'd venture a guess that you don't quite recall Seaver the Red Sox -- even if he did play a crucial role for Boston. Seaver went 5-7 with a 3.80 ERA down the stretch for the '86 Red Sox, though he wouldn't appear in the postseason.
The man known as Cobra was a '70s fashion icon thanks to his rippling forearms, massive home runs, and gorgeous yellow Pirates uniforms. Oh yeah, and his killer T-shirts.
At the age of 40, Parker signed on with the Blue Jays for the last two weeks of the season after being released by the Angels. Which makes this arguably the greatest of throwback jersey choices to help you win every bar bet.
While Mike Piazza notably spent five whole games with the Marlins in between his time with the Dodgers and Mets, you may not remember that he finished his career with the Athletics.
Playing only as a DH, Piazza hit 8 HR with a .727 OPS, both the lowest marks of his career.
After spending his career hammering the Rays to the tune of a .310/.406/.612 batting line, Ramirez decided he'd do the team a solid and join them in Tampa.
Unfortunately for the Rays, Ramirez was apparently a double agent. He was just 1-for-17 in five games before earning his release.