For Pete's Sake

In honor of Kobe Bryant, here are eight other memorable finishes to a career

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus held his golf ball after making a birdie putt on the 18th to complete his final round ever in the British Open.
Golf legend Jack Nicklaus held his golf ball after making a birdie putt on the 18th to complete his final round ever in the British Open. The Associated Press

Kobe Bryant put on a show in his last game with the Los Angles Lakers on Wednesday, scoring a stunning 60 points.

It was a heck of a way for the NBA star to end his career. Here are some other famous finales in sports:

TED WILLIAMS: In his final at-bat on Sept. 28, 1960, Williams hit a solo home run at Fenway Park. In his final season, Williams batted .316 and finished with a career average of .344, and his on-base percentage of .482 is the best in Major League Baseball history.

JOHN ELWAY: The Broncos quarterback shed his label as being unable to win the big one when Denver won Super Bowl XXXII and he buried it for good with a win in his final game: Super Bowl XXXIII. Elway threw for 51,475 yards in his career.

STAN MUSIAL: In his last plate appearance, Musial delivered an RBI single for the St. Louis Cardinals against the Cincinnati Reds. He received the ball from Reds rookie Pete Rose. Musial ended his career with 3,630 hits.

JACK NICKLAUS: The Golden Bear played his final competitive round on July 15, 2005 at the British Open. He birdied the 18th hole at St. Andrews.

DEREK JETER: In his final game in pinstripes in 2014, Jeter came through with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Yankees beat the Orioles 6-5. It was the 3,465th hit of Jeter’s career.

JEROME BETTIS: Bettis began his career with the Los Angeles Rams and then played in St. Louis. The Bus’ final 10 seasons were with the Steelers, and they won Super Bowl XL, beating the Seattle Seahawks, 21-10. Bettis rushed for 13,662 yards in his career.

PETE SAMPRAS: People didn’t know it at the time, but Sampras’ win in the 2002 U.S. Open at the age of 31 was his final competitive match. Sampras defeated Andre Agassi 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, and officially retired a year later having won 14 Grand Slam titles.

GEORGE BRETT: Come on now, you didn’t think I’d forget Brett, did you? In his last plate appearance against the Texas Rangers on Oct. 3, 1993, Brett had a single, the 3,154th hit of his career.

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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