Quoting Tebbetts, Wilson wrote, “‘He [Scantlebury] might still be able to help us in the stretch even if he is old and will never be any better than he is now.’ (Tebbetts glared at me, silently daring me to challenge his statement as to the Panamanian’s age. Billy Williams never played professional baseball after leaving the Pilots, finishing his minor league career with 2,171 hits. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account.
In 1944 he started the season with the Phillies as a 37-year-old outfielder. But it’s now believed he was born Jan. 22, 1919, making him 41 when he played in his first game for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Neville Southall was regarded as one of the best goalkeepers in the world at one point, winning the First Division with Everton in 1984-85 and 1986-87, The FA Cup in 1984 and 1995 and the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1985. In his final appearance, in Game 6, he reached base on an error and later tried to score from second on a single but fell down between third and home and was tagged out. Paige liked to stir up controversy about his birth date, and his age was always a matter of conjecture during his playing career, but it’s no longer questioned that he was born July 7, 1906, meaning he was two days past his 42nd birthday when he made his debut with the Cleveland Indians. Two players who came up when I did this search on Baseball-Reference.com’s Play Index turned out to be younger than they are listed, so I have not included them in the lists below. The only outfield player on the list, former Tottenham, Manchester United and England international Teddy Sheringham is the oldest player to score a goal in the Premier League, and the only player to do so above the age of 40. Shortly thereafter Fausett was sold to Hollywood of the Pacific Coast League, where he went back to being a quality minor league player. Again it was interesting. (That story lists his birth date as April 12, 1912.)
Fausett did get a hit in that final game to raise his career major league batting average to .097 (3-for-31). When Olivo did break into Organized Ball, it was with the Havana team of the International League, and after one season with them he spent the next four summers in Mexico, where he also played outfield and pinch-hit. He is now 41 and an appearance this month would move him up to number 9 on the all-time oldest players list. And yes, Williams does appear in Bouton’s classic diary of the 1969 season, “Ball Four.” “He’s a good-hitting outfielder,” Bouton wrote. Roy Evans first brought Brad Friedel to the Premier League as Liverpool manager in December 1997. The end of the road for Solskjaer? Trouppe had played in the Negro Leagues as a young man, then was a teammate of Satchel Paige’s on the integrated Bismarck (N.D.) Churchills team that won the first semi-pro national championship in 1935. The Cubs purchased him in September, and the then-37-year-old made two ineffective relief appearances. But according to the Social Security Death Index, Clarkson was born March 13, 1915, making him 37 when he debuted in Boston. He pitched for Havana’s team in the Class AAA International League until 1957. Thanks for linking my story on Clarkson. But Williams would return to the game.
But I confess I haven’t spent a lot of time researching him. Just 5’9″ and 195 pounds, Willis was described as “rotund,” “roly-poly,” “quite chubby” and “the portly portsider” — and I found all those without looking that hard. After the season Izquierdo was drafted by the Houston Astros’ Oklahoma City farm club and spent two years with them.
The 74-year-old launched his bid to break the record earlier this year, but his efforts had been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic which brought to a halt domestic football in Egypt.
His promotion to the big leagues wasn’t exactly a gift; the previous season he had led the Class AAA American Association with 194 hits and batted .333. From left to right: Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente, Buzz Clarkson, Bob Thurman and George Crowe. Morris Siegel wrote this in The Sporting News of May 9, 1951: Marrero’s age has been estimated from 30 to 45.
He was back at Columbus in 1961 and was named the IL’s Pitcher of the Year at age 42, then returned to Pittsburgh in ’62 and had a solid year pitching out of the bullpen at age 43. He was nothing but classy in his departure: “I owe everything to baseball. Here are the stories of these oldest rookies (well, all except the ones who came from Japan). Correction made–thanks, Nick. The Senators won the American League pennant and McColl pitched two scoreless innings in relief in Game 2 of the World Series. This would be Jens Lehmann’s final game as a professional footballer, having previously retired at VfB Stuttgart at the end of the 2009-10 Bundesliga season.
Williams finally did score a run before his 10-day major league career ended, but he never did get a hit. Incredibly, Kevin Poole is still on the playing staff at League Two side Burton Albion but has yet to make an appearance. After the 1952 season Troupe ended his playing career and became a scout for the St. Louis Cardinals, who at that time still hadn’t had a black player in the majors. The Reds didn’t have much of a spring training in 1944 for manager Bill McKechnie to sort out his third base situation, so the position was still up in the air as the regular season began. He soon returned to the Braves but went 1-for-10 before being sent to the minors for good with a lifetime major league average of .200 (5-for-25). “But that just adds fuel to the fire.”, Strong pitched in 19 games during the season; three ugly appearances left his season ERA at a gruesome 7.32, but he did get a win and a save. Berry began his professional career in 1927.
The father of four joined October 6 in January, and made his debut in a 1-1 draw against Genius in a third-division match back in March, despite picking up an injury during the contest.
( Log Out / He did quite well in the lower minors in his later years, going 18-7 with a league-leading 1.97 ERA in the Class C Lone Star League in 1948, 17-5 in the Class C Evangeline League in 1951, and 14-5 in the Class C West Texas-New Mexico League in 1952. After scoring 1 Premier League goal for Forest, he moved to Tottenham Hotspur the same season in 1992-93 and finished as the inaugural Premier League season’s top scorer.
I’m really stumped on Art Jacobs, whose major league career consisted of one game when he was 36.
Vitelli pitched in four games during the season, all of them blowout losses, and was voted a full $722.48 share of the World Series receipts the Pirates received for finishing second in the National League. “With the help of Troupe, we’ve now got 13 colored boys among our 141 professional rookies.” But Trouppe was reportedly upset that his recommendations of future Hall of Famers Ernie Banks and Roberto Clemente were ignored. His Fort Wayne Capeharts came through the losers’ bracket of the double-elimination tournament to meet unbeaten Elk City, Oklahoma, in the finals, with the Capeharts needing to win consecutive games to take the title. During his playing career he listed his birth date as Jan. 22, 1920; his obituary in The Sporting News after his death in 1977 said he had been a 40-year-old rookie. “Hustling Chuck Hostetler, Rookie at 38” cries the page-width headline in the May 18, 1944, Sporting News, but although Chuck had given his birth date as Sept. 22, 1905 (it’s listed as Sept. 2, 1905 in the 1945 Street & Smith’s, likely just a typo), he was actually born Sept. 22, 1903, making him 40 when he earned a spot on the Detroit Tigers’ roster in spring training 1944.
Jim Morris attracted a fair amount of attention when he made his major league baseball debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1999, and even more when the story of his life became a movie starring Dennis Quaid (“The Rookie”) in 2002. He went to spring training with the Philadelphia A’s in 1935…here’s how he told the story in 1944: Two days before training camp broke, I squabbled with [A’s owner/manager Connie] Mack over money. SABR member Nick Diunte tells more of Clarkson’s story here. He is also the all-time leader in home runs in the Puerto Rican Winter League and was the league MVP in 1950-51; he was part of the first class elected to the Puerto Rican Baseball Hall of Fame, along with Clemente and Orlando Cepeda, in 1991. And listen, Hendricks never did make the tag. But he complained of a sore arm in 1938 and never got beyond the Class A level before joining the Pirates in 1944. Scantlebury had plenty of other experience before going into Organized Baseball, playing in his own country, in Caribbean winter leagues, in Mexico in 1951, and on Roy Campanella’s barnstorming teams that toured the U.S. after the 1951 and ’52 seasons. Of those players, five (Satchel Paige, Quincy Trouppe, Pat Scantlebury, Bob Thurman and Buzz Clarkson) were delayed in beginning their careers in Organized Baseball because they were black; six, all pitchers, came to the American majors from Japan (Ken Takahashi, Masumi Kuwata, Chang-Yong Lim, Keiichi Yabu, Satoru Komiyama and Takashi Saito); and seven others made their debut during World War II, when most younger players were in the service (Chuck Hostetler, Joe Berry, Lee Riley, Otho Nitcholas, Ernie Rudolph, Joe Vitelli and Buck Fausett). He has remained in England ever since, spending only one season outside the top flight – with Blackburn Rovers in 2000-01; his first full season in English football after spending most of his three seasons at Liverpool as a backup.
He then went on to play for Colchester United in the Championship before retiring from professional football.
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