Markusen: Getting better with age: the oldest living major-leaguers

From SABR member Bruce Markusen at on May 22, 2016:

A number of hot-button issues generate regular inquiries at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Think of topics like performance enhancing drugs, Shoeless Joe Jackson, the eligibility of Buck Weaver, Pete Rose, the next election by one of the Hall of Fame’s era committees, the role of Abbott and Costello in the game’s history, and new rules in major league baseball regarding takeout slides and instant replays. These are all issues that generate passionate questions – and probably will for many years.

At least one other issue causes people to pick up the phone and call the Hall of Fame Library, keeping a Research Department staff of four librarians and researchers quite busy. It is an issue that bears no controversy, but it remains of universal interest. It involves this question: Who is the oldest living former major league player? And then there is the inevitable follow-up: Who is the second oldest living player?

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Originally published: May 24, 2016. Last Updated: May 24, 2016.