Athletes Who Retired Before Anyone Expected

Ralph Kiner

Kiner was a fantastic ballplayer. Over the course of his 10-year career, Kiner made six All-Star teams. He also led the National League in home runs on seven separate occasions. Despite clubbing 369 home runs, Kiner was forced to retire at a young age (particularly for a baseball player)…

Kiner was beset by a back injury. As such, he had to quit playing professionally at the age of 33. Being a baseball player, it’s very conceivable to believe Kiner could’ve played until close to his 40th birthday (if not beyond). Had that occurred, he would’ve had a real shot at the 500 home run plateau.

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