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    Quick Question...oldest?

    Who is the oldest active player to ever play a full major league season?

    Just curious from the Moyer debates.

    Was it Satchel Paige? did he ever play a full major league season later in life?

    Nolan Ryan was 47 wasn't he?

    Julio Franco was like 48 or so

    Jesse Orossco?

    I am willing to bet there were many people playing later in life in the early years in baseball.

    but does anyone know for sure?

    And while on it, who had the longest active career in baseball?

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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_oldest_MLB_players
    Paige played til he was 59 apparently

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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    Paige quote to live by...

    "How old would you be if you did not know how old you were?"

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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    Paige pitched three innings after being absent from the MLB for a dozen years. He was a regular in the pen for the Indians and Browns though, finishing second in saves at the age of 45.

    Minoso was a part-timer after 35.

    Altrock was primarily a coach after the age of 34.

    O'Rourke returned for one game at 53 after being gone for 11 years.

    O'Leary had been gone for 21 years before his single at-bat at 51.

    Franco rarely played more than of a season after the age of 35.

    Tigers manager Jennings occasionally put himself in as a pinch hitter from 1907 until 1918.

    Latham's final full season was at the age of 35.

    Street was managing the Cards when he put himself in as a pinch-hitter at the age of 48, his first plate appearance in 19 years.

    McGuire was never really much of an everyday player.

    Evers wasn't an everyday player, either, after his first season with the Braves.

    Quinn led the NL in saves at the age of 48, Phil Niekro started 26 games (and lost half) at the same age. They beat Wilhelm and his 53 games in relief by one year.

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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    What do you consider a full season?

    If you go by just being on a ML active roster for a whole season, I guess it was Franco at age 48. He only appeared in 55 games, but was on either the Mets' or Braves' roster except for a few days after he was released by the Mets (released by the Mets 12 July, signed by the Braves 18 July). If you mean actually being a regular position player, it was Cap Anson in 1897--he played 114 games (of 132) and had 424 ABs (almost twice as many as Franco at age 46, and comfortably ahead of Franco's age 45 total as well).

    For pitchers, as best as I can tell, Niekro was the oldest pitcher to pitch enough innings to qualify for the ERA title at age 46.

    So I'd say that it's either Franco, or a tie between Anson and Neikro.

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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    Yep, Cap Anson at age 45 in 1897 was the oldest player to qualify for a batting title, and Phil Niekro in 1986 at age 47 was the oldest pitcher to qualify for the ERA title.

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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    Minnie Minoso pinch hit in two games in 1980 for the White Sox at 55.

    http://www.baseball-reference.com/bo...98010050.shtml

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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    who had the longest carear?

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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffy25 View Post
    who had the longest carear?
    Franco, Neikro or Anson, off of my head.


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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    I THINK anson... I know he has something crazt like 23 or 25 years over .300 BA... he gets left behind because it was all before 1900 but still. pretty amazing
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    I was just thinking... I think Rickey Henderson played like 25 years... remember he came back a few times... and he played in teh independant leages after he retired trying to come back again too
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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    Real quick glance at B-R shows Ricky at 25 years.. not sure if anyone had longer.

    and this guy had the shortest I believe tho he is trying to make a comeback

    I saw him play for the bridgeport bluefish. fast little guy
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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheNamelessPoet View Post
    Real quick glance at B-R shows Ricky at 25 years.. not sure if anyone had longer.
    Cap Anson played in 27 seasons, and all mostly as a regukar.

    and this guy had the shortest I believe tho he is trying to make a comeback
    I mentioned in another thread, but there are 163 players in baseball history to have made one plate appearance and that's it.

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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    Quote Originally Posted by HoustonGM View Post
    Cap Anson played in 27 seasons, and all mostly as a regukar.

    Anson only played 27 seasons if you count the National Association years, though.

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    Re: Quick Question...oldest?

    Quote Originally Posted by dps View Post
    Anson only played 27 seasons if you count the National Association years, though.
    True. I just read the "Years" count in his total career line on BB-Ref.

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