just as i did for steve garvey a few days ago, here is a look at who has carried bill russell's torch forward to today, through final plate or pitching appearances.
the dodger shortstop of my youth played in his final game on october 1, 1986. i was pleased that topps and fleer gave him cards in 1987 (here's the fleer final tribute)
goose gossage wound up pitching for a few more seasons. he did not return to the major leagues following the players' strike, so his final appearance came in august of 1994. like russell, gossage received some final tribute love in some sets - this card comes from 1995 upper deck
jose canseco made his final big league appearance as a member of the white sox in 2001. this is his 2001 upper deck sweet spot card
eddie guardado pitched in his last game as a member of the texas rangers in 2009. here's his 2010 upper deck card with angel coach alfredo griffin hanging out in the background.
robb quinlan played into the 2010 season, although i will show his 2009 upper deck card
andrew cashner, seen on his 2014 topps heritage card,