Friday, January 20, 2012

Oldest Players EVER

With 49 year old Jamie Moyer trying to make a comeback with the Colorado Rockies this year, it begs the question, who were the oldest players ever to play in any of the major sports in the U.S.? For the purpose of this question we'll look at Major League Baseball, the NBA, NFL, NHL and Major League Soccer.


Satchel Paige - Age 59 - 1965
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Paige came out of retirement for one game with the Kansas City Athletics in 1965. Paige started against the Boston Red Sox and got through 3 innings allowing just one hit, a two out double in the first inning by Carl Yastrzemski, and retiring the final seven hitters he faced. Paige even struck out opposing pitcher Bill Monbouquette. The Red Sox would go on to win the game after Paige's departure by a score of 5-2.


Nat Hickey - Age 45 - 1948
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Hickey served as the coach of the Providence Steamrollers during the 1947-48 season. He activated himself for one game in January of 1948 and despite missing all six of his field goal attempts and picking up five fouls, he did make two free throws.


George Blanda - Age 48, 1976
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Blanda was a part of Pro Football from 1949 all the way until the AFC Champship Game in January of 1976 where he kicked a season long 41 yard field goal and made an extra point in the Raiders 16-10 loss to the Steelers. Blanda connected on 13 of 21 field goals in his final NFL season and still holds the NFL record for career extra points with 943. He also holds the single season record for interceptions with 42 set in 1962 while quarterbacking the Houston Oilers.


Gordie Howe - Age 52, 1980
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Howe played in all 80 games in his final NHL season helping lead the Hartford Whalers into the playoffs. Howe scored 15 goals including the 800th of his NHL career and turned 52 during the final week of the regular season.


Pat Onstad - Age 43, 2011
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Due to injuries at the goalkeeper position last season, D.C. United was forced to call on Onstad - who was an assistant coach for D.C. at the time - to come out of retirement and start in goal for them. Onstad made three starts and conceded seven goals, but did make 5 saves in a 2-1 win over the Columbus Crew.

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