01-24-2009, 06:32 AM
With the death of Bill Werber, the oldest living Philadelphia A is Ace Parker, who like Werber, is an alumnus of Duke.
01-24-2009, 07:32 AM
As well as being the oldest Philadelphia Athletic, Ace Parker is the fourth oldest living major league baseball player. In addition, he is a member of the Pro Football Hall Of Fame and he is the second oldest living NFL player. He played for the NFL's Brooklyn Dodgers beginning in 1937. Born May 17, 1912, Parker is 96 years old and he's about 19 months younger than the oldest living NFLer. Only fellow NFL Brooklyn Dodger Ralph Kercheval, who began his pro football career in 1934 is older among current survivors. Kercheval was born December 1, 1911, currently aqe 97.
These two oldest NFL survivors were teammates with the NFL Dodgers for four seasons, 1937 to 1940. Kercheval's entire NFL career was spent with the Brooklyn team from 1934 to 1940. Parker's baseball career was relatively short with just two seasons, 1937 & '38 with the Philadelphia A's,comprising his entire MLB career.Including his service in the military Parker remained as a pro football player through 1948, in the NFL and the AAFC (All-American Football Conference which later merged with the NFL in 1950). Eventually he gained enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall Of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
02-18-2009, 08:47 AM
A nice article about Ace from last year. He lives in Portsmouth, VA and is apparently still quite active, notably on the golf course: