The 100 Oldest Living Former Big Leaguers

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Fred Caligiuri

Thanks to Baseball Almanac.com and this handy submission by our dear friend and timely contributor, Darrell Pittman, The Pecan Park Eagle is happy to provide you with this following chart of the 100 Oldest Living Former Big Leaguers. It was accurate to the day, August 22, 2018, when we received it. We do not know how often it is updated and, of course, we don’t know of any more recent departures over the past 24 hours. The shipping out rate comes often, in single and small group departures at this age, so you never know when the winds of change are going to blow. You just have to rest assured that they will.

Here’s how it looks as recently as yesterday:

Oldest Living Baseball PlayersThe 100 Oldest Living Baseball Players
1 Fred Caligiuri 99 years, 304 days 10-22-1918 09-03-1941 09-20-1942
2 Tom Jordan 98 years, 351 days 09-05-1919 09-04-1944 04-28-1948
3 Bill Mills 98 years, 293 days 11-02-1919 05-19-1944 06-03-1944
4 Val Heim 97 years, 291 days 11-04-1920 08-31-1942 09-22-1942
5 Wally Westlake 97 years, 287 days 11-08-1920 04-15-1947 05-12-1956
6 Eddie Robinson 97 years, 250 days 12-15-1920 09-09-1942 09-15-1957
7 George Elder 97 years, 165 days 03-10-1921 07-22-1949 09-25-1949
8 Clint Conatser 97 years, 29 days 07-24-1921 04-21-1948 07-14-1949
9 Johnny Hetki 96 years, 102 days 05-12-1922 09-14-1945 09-22-1954
10 Gil Coan 96 years, 96 days 05-18-1922 04-27-1946 04-25-1956
11 Eddie Basinski 95 years, 291 days 11-04-1922 05-20-1944 07-04-1947
12 George Yankowski 95 years, 276 days 11-19-1922 08-17-1942 06-28-1949
13 Neal Watlington 95 years, 240 days 12-25-1922 07-10-1953 09-17-1953
14 Lee Howard 94 years, 284 days 11-11-1923 09-22-1946 09-25-1947
15 Tim Thompson 94 years, 174 days 03-01-1924 04-20-1954 04-27-1958
16 Chuck Harmon 94 years, 121 days 04-23-1924 04-17-1954 09-15-1957
17 Art Schallock 94 years, 119 days 04-25-1924 07-16-1951 09-23-1955
18 Ed Fitz Gerald 94 years, 93 days 05-21-1924 04-19-1948 09-15-1959
19 Milt Welch 94 years, 27 days 07-26-1924 06-05-1945 06-05-1945
20 Bill Greason 93 years, 353 days 09-03-1924 05-31-1954 06-20-1954
21 Charlie Silvera 93 years, 313 days 10-13-1924 09-29-1948 09-28-1957
22 Bobby Brown 93 years, 301 days 10-25-1924 09-22-1946 06-30-1954
23 Irv Noren 93 years, 266 days 11-29-1924 04-18-1950 10-01-1960
24 Fenton Mole 93 years, 69 days 06-14-1925 09-01-1949 09-30-1949
25 Wayne Terwilliger 93 years, 56 days 06-27-1925 08-06-1949 05-16-1960
26 Larry Miggins 93 years, 2 days 08-20-1925 10-03-1948 09-28-1952
27 Billy DeMars 92 years, 361 days 08-26-1925 05-18-1948 09-28-1951
28 Paul Hinrichs 92 years, 356 days 08-31-1925 05-16-1951 06-21-1951
29 Bobby Shantz 92 years, 330 days 09-26-1925 05-01-1949 09-29-1964
30 Chris Haughey 92 years, 323 days 10-03-1925 10-03-1943 10-03-1943
31 Tommy Giordano 92 years, 317 days 10-09-1925 09-11-1953 09-26-1953
32 Dick Manville 92 years, 240 days 12-25-1925 04-30-1950 09-10-1952
33 Hank Workman 92 years, 198 days 02-05-1926 09-04-1950 10-01-1950
34 Randy Jackson 92 years, 193 days 02-10-1926 05-02-1950 09-25-1959
35 Howie Judson 92 years, 187 days 02-16-1926 04-22-1948 09-25-1954
36 Jack Crimian 92 years, 186 days 02-17-1926 07-03-1951 05-06-1957
37 Dick Koecher 92 years, 145 days 03-30-1926 09-29-1946 10-02-1948
38 Alex Grammas 92 years, 141 days 04-03-1926 04-13-1954 09-29-1963
39 Bert Thiel 92 years, 110 days 05-04-1926 04-17-1952 04-30-1952
40 Dick Cole 92 years, 108 days 05-06-1926 04-27-1951 07-21-1957
41 Frank Saucier 92 years, 86 days 05-28-1926 07-21-1951 09-23-1951
42 Don Newcombe 92 years, 69 days 06-14-1926 05-20-1949 10-01-1960
43 Bob Miller 92 years, 67 days 06-16-1926 09-16-1949 08-10-1958
44 Bobby Morgan 92 years, 54 days 06-29-1926 04-18-1950 04-20-1958
45 Johnny Groth 92 years, 30 days 07-23-1926 09-05-1946 07-28-1960
46 Al Naples 91 years, 358 days 08-29-1926 06-25-1949 06-26-1949
47 Ed Mickelson 91 years, 347 days 09-09-1926 09-18-1950 05-12-1957
48 Dick Bokelmann 91 years, 300 days 10-26-1926 08-03-1951 05-03-1953
49 Carl Erskine 91 years, 252 days 12-13-1926 07-25-1948 06-14-1959
50 Jim Willis 91 years, 155 days 03-20-1927 04-22-1953 06-05-1954
51 Paul Stuffel 91 years, 153 days 03-22-1927 09-16-1950 05-24-1953
52 Don Hasenmayer 91 years, 140 days 04-04-1927 05-02-1945 09-29-1946
53 Charlie Maxwell 91 years, 136 days 04-08-1927 09-20-1950 04-26-1964
54 Dick Lane 91 years, 55 days 06-28-1927 06-20-1949 07-08-1949
55 Billy Gardner 91 years, 34 days 07-19-1927 04-22-1954 09-11-1963
56 Dick Smith 91 years, 32 days 07-21-1927 09-14-1951 05-01-1955
57 Rocky Krsnich 91 years, 17 days 08-05-1927 09-13-1949 09-26-1953
58 Cloyd Boyer 90 years, 355 days 09-01-1927 04-23-1949 09-24-1955
59 Dave Hillman 90 years, 342 days 09-14-1927 04-30-1955 06-20-1962
60 Duke Simpson 90 years, 341 days 09-15-1927 05-06-1953 09-17-1953
61 Tommy Lasorda 90 years, 334 days 09-22-1927 08-05-1954 07-08-1956
62 Bill Harrington 90 years, 323 days 10-03-1927 04-16-1953 09-30-1956
63 Bob Kelly 90 years, 322 days 10-04-1927 05-04-1951 06-04-1958
64 Jim Greengrass 90 years, 302 days 10-24-1927 09-09-1952 09-30-1956
65 Tommy Brown 90 years, 259 days 12-06-1927 08-03-1944 09-25-1953
66 Bob Oldis 90 years, 229 days 01-05-1928 04-28-1953 09-29-1963
67 Charlie Gorin 90 years, 197 days 02-06-1928 05-29-1954 04-17-1955
68 Felipe Montemayor 90 years, 196 days 02-07-1928 04-14-1953 06-12-1955
69 Roy Face 90 years, 183 days 02-20-1928 04-16-1953 08-15-1969
70 Paul Schramka 90 years, 153 days 03-22-1928 04-14-1953 04-16-1953
71 Billy Hunter 90 years, 79 days 06-04-1928 04-14-1953 09-27-1958
72 Nick Testa 90 years, 54 days 06-29-1928 04-23-1958 04-23-1958
73 John Glenn 90 years, 43 days 07-10-1928 06-16-1960 07-31-1960
74 Dick Hyde 90 years, 19 days 08-03-1928 04-23-1955 08-04-1961
75 Bob Stephenson 90 years, 11 days 08-11-1928 04-14-1955 09-18-1955
76 Jose Santiago 89 years, 352 days 09-04-1928 04-17-1954 07-15-1956
77 Vito Valentinetti 89 years, 340 days 09-16-1928 06-20-1954 05-11-1959
78 Hal Naragon 89 years, 325 days 10-01-1928 09-23-1951 08-05-1962
79 Fred Marolewski 89 years, 320 days 10-06-1928 09-19-1953 09-19-1953
80 Joe Presko 89 years, 319 days 10-07-1928 05-03-1951 05-07-1958
81 Gail Henley 89 years, 311 days 10-15-1928 04-13-1954 05-06-1954
82 Mickey Micelotta 89 years, 306 days 10-20-1928 04-20-1954 08-02-1955
83 Whitey Ford 89 years, 305 days 10-21-1928 07-01-1950 05-21-1967
84 Bob Ross 89 years, 293 days 11-02-1928 06-16-1950 05-08-1956
85 Bill Wilson 89 years, 289 days 11-06-1928 09-24-1950 09-13-1955
86 Don Mossi 89 years, 223 days 01-11-1929 04-17-1954 10-01-1965
87 Moe Savransky 89 years, 221 days 01-13-1929 04-23-1954 09-05-1954
88 Gale Wade 89 years, 214 days 01-20-1929 04-11-1955 05-08-1956
89 Bobby Kline 89 years, 207 days 01-27-1929 04-11-1955 09-25-1955
90 Al Worthington 89 years, 198 days 02-05-1929 07-06-1953 10-02-1969
91 Art Ditmar 89 years, 141 days 04-03-1929 04-19-1954 05-19-1962
92 Mel Held 89 years, 132 days 04-12-1929 04-27-1956 05-13-1956
93 Ed Winceniak 89 years, 128 days 04-16-1929 04-25-1956 05-12-1957
94 Curt Simmons 89 years, 95 days 05-19-1929 09-28-1947 10-01-1967
95 Hank Foiles 89 years, 73 days 06-10-1929 04-21-1953 05-02-1964
96 Frank Thomas 89 years, 72 days 06-11-1929 08-17-1951 05-30-1966
97 Don Ferrarese 89 years, 64 days 06-19-1929 04-11-1955 09-22-1962
98 Hector Lopez 89 years, 45 days 07-08-1929 05-12-1955 09-30-1966
99 Jerry Snyder 89 years, 32 days 07-21-1929 05-08-1952 05-10-1958
100 Ted Lepcio 89 years, 25 days 07-28-1929 04-15-1952 09-11-1961
The 100 Oldest Living Baseball Players by Baseball Almanac

A Few Notes….

#1 Fred Caligiuri, a right hander, pitched only two seasons and 18 games in 1941-42, posting a career record of 2 wins and 5 losses and an ERA OF 4.52 for 79.2 innings of work. He is scheduled to turn 100 on his next birthday, October 22, 2018.

#29 Bobby Shantz, the first man to ever touch a baseball in the name of Houston MLB back in 1962, is both the oldest and only former Houston big leaguer on the list.

Local Houston Larry Dierker SABR Chapter member Larry Miggins is the 26th oldest surviving former big leaguer and the oldest of former Houston Buffs on this list who also made it to the big leagues for some time at the top. Five other former Buffs/MLB survivors include #36 Jack Crimian, #47 Ed Mickelson, #48 Dick Bokelmann, #58 Cloyd Boyer, and #80 Joe Presko.

Top North Texas veterans, #6 Eddie Robinson and #22 Bobby Brown are both on the list.

Have fun looking things over yourself. If I missed some former Buffs or Astros from glance review, please comment and point out the errors. I haven’t qualified for any gold gloves by inspection alone for quite some time, but that doesn’t keep me from an attraction to this kind of thing that still has all the power of that old “moth to the flame” pull.

 

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Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

 

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2 Responses to “The 100 Oldest Living Former Big Leaguers”

  1. Fred Soland Says:

    It appears to me that Larry Miggins is just a kid!! 😉

  2. Bill Hale Says:

    Bill, somehow I am no longer receiving you blog. Can you add my email to your blog?

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