Oldest living major leaguer, Tony Malinosky reached age 101 today. He played half a season for as a Brooklyn Dodgers third baseman in 1937. He is also one of only 15 living players who played in the majors in the 1930s. A post by Baseball Fever member 'bbxpert' almost two years ago to the day:
(10/07/08) indicated that there were 29 surviving players of 1930s baseball at that time, so the number of survivors has been virtually halved in the past two years.
The three previous owners of the title "Oldest Living Major Leaguer", prior to Malinosky, all died at age 100.
What follows is a list of the surviving players from 1930s major leagues baseball. 12 of the 15 have had their birthdays already in 2010. Three others have their birthdays in November. For these three players I am listing their ages as: _ years, 11 months.
# Player ( Position) Career Span Current Age
1. Tony Malinosky (3B) 1937-37 - 101
2. Ace Parker (SS) 1937-38 - 98
3. Alex Pitko (OF) 1938-39 - 95 years, 11 months
4. Ralph Hodgin (OF) 1939-48 - 95
5. Benny McCoy (2B) 1938-41 - 94 years, 11 months
6. Art Kenney (P) 1938-38 - 94
7. Eddie Joost (SS) 1936-55 - 94
8. Phil Cavarretta (1B) 1934-55 - 94
9. Buddy Lewis (OF) 1935-49 - 94
10. Bob McNamara (3B) 1939-39 - 94
11. Al Veigel (P) 1939-39 - 93
12. Mike Palagyi (P) 1939-39 - 93
13. Bobby Doerr (2B) 1937-51 - 92
14. Bob Feller (P) 1936-56 - 91 years, 11 months
15. Al Brancato (SS) 1939-45 - 91.
Bob Feller and Bobby Doerr were perennial all-stars and were elected to the Baseball Hall Of Fame.
Phil Cavarretta, Eddie Joost, and Buddy Lewis also were all-stars at certain points of their careers.
Two-Sports Pro Star, Ace Parker left baseball to concentrate on his career in the NFL and AAFC and was later elected to the Pro Football Hall Of Fame as a Running Back & Defensive Back.