the last pitcher ron cey faced as a major leaguer was juan nieves. it was july 12, 1987, and cey was a member of the oakland a's at the time as his 1987 topps traded card attests.
juan nieves didn't last much longer than cey. as it turned out, nieves missed the entire 1989 season due to injury, so his last appearance came in 1988. he still received a card in 1990 from topps, and from o-pee-chee, which is what is shown below.
now let's take a minute to see what was going on with davey lopes' torchbearers. like cey, lopes last played in 1987. he was with the astros - here's his 1987 fleer card -
tom browning finished his career in 1995 (this is his 1995 score card)
so, steinbach had the honor of carrying the torch for both cey and lopes. he wound up going home to minnesota to finish his career, and did so in october of 1999 (here's his 2000 topps card)
baldwin, who pitched for the dodgers in 2001 after leaving chicago (this is his 2002 upper deck victory card)
williams, seen here on a 2007 topps hit parade insert
scott downs, who was an angel on his 2013 topps card,
spent 2014 as a member of the kansas city royals. he just became a free agent following the world series, and if he doesn't sign with anyone for next season, then the torch is passed to the last batter he faced in the bigs - cleveland's zach walters - but i won't count the loogy out just yet.
a memorial patch for ernie banks
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