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    Officially it never happened, but Elmer Valo, who played in the 40s, 50s & 60s, took part in one game in 1939.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    4. Minnie Minoso (1949-1980)
    I know I'm being nitpicky, but this really should read, Minnie Minoso (1949-1964, 1976, 1980)

    From 1965-1980 Minoso had a grand total of 10 ABs
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    Technically, years that end in 0 are part of the previous decade, but I won't ruin the thread with such technicalities.

    So what's the list so far?
    "And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."


    Put it in the books.

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    I had Mike Morgan at the tip of my tongue but I couldnt remember him. He should be right answer. I didnt look.
    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrus4189Cobb View Post
    Bill Buckner- he ended his stint with the Red Sox
    I wouldnt think Buckner played in the 90's. I'm actually gonna check that one.
    "(Shoeless Joe Jackson's fall from grace is one of the real tragedies of baseball. I always thought he was more sinned against than sinning." -- Connie Mack

    "I have the ultimate respect for Whitesox fans. They were as miserable as the Cubs and Redsox fans ever were but always had the good decency to keep it to themselves. And when they finally won the World Series, they celebrated without annoying every other fan in the country."--Jim Caple, ESPN (Jan. 12, 2011)

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    How soon we forget: Jack Quinn

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    Does a decade start in the 0 or 1 year?
    (edit: sorry, missed dates for Williams et al and previous discussion.)

    Cap Anson? Tris Speaker?
    Last edited by Jackaroo Dave; 04-25-2012 at 12:45 AM.

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    Cy Young . . .

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    I have updated the OP with the correct guesses. 25 down, 4 more to go...
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackaroo Dave View Post
    Does a decade start in the 0 or 1 year?
    (edit: sorry, missed dates for Williams et al and previous discussion.)

    Cap Anson? Tris Speaker?
    Hopefully this won't turn into a debate. Normally, when people think of decades they think of, for example, 1950-1959, 2000-2009. I'm pretty sure that's what we're using here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigRon View Post
    Hopefully this won't turn into a debate. Normally, when people think of decades they think of, for example, 1950-1959, 2000-2009. I'm pretty sure that's what we're using here.
    It won't turn into a debate, because it is obvious that for the purposes of this thread the decade starts at zero and ends at 9.
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    Quote Originally Posted by GiambiJuice View Post
    It won't turn into a debate, because it is obvious that for the purposes of this thread the decade starts at zero and ends at 9.
    By my count, there are 31 players who qualify under the criteria specified. Since I looked it up, I won't make any guesses, but I believe you're missing two.
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    Jack Ryan and George Davis
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jackaroo Dave View Post
    Does a decade start in the 0 or 1 year?
    Strictly speaking, since there was no year zero, all decades, centuries, and millennia begin with a year ending with a 1. It won't turn into a debate because I made it quite clear I wasn't going to derail the thread by pursuing it. Being an iconoclast would take the fun out of the thread, and that would be unfair to everyone just to make a technical point.

    Besides, even if, just for fun, we discount those who played their last games in a year ending in a 0, I'm pretty sure it would balance out anyway with the players who began their careers in years ending in a 0 and retired 22 years later in years ending in a 1, thus qualifying for four decades. I think it would still be close to 30 players. I almost wonder what the differences would be. I mean, obviously, guys like McCarver, Williams, Collins, McCovey, Vernon, Buckner, et al, would leave the list, but I'm virtually certain they'd be replaced by just about the same amount of other players.

    Whichever way it's sliced, I'm quite surprised that there have been so many players to have played in the Majors in four decades. It's an eye-opening number of players. And either way, I think this is a great trivia thread.
    "And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."


    Put it in the books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by milladrive View Post
    Strictly speaking, since there was no year zero, all decades, centuries, and millennia begin with a year ending with a 1. It won't turn into a debate because I made it quite clear I wasn't going to derail the thread by pursuing it. Being an iconoclast would take the fun out of the thread, and that would be unfair to everyone just to make a technical point.

    Besides, even if, just for fun, we discount those who played their last games in a year ending in a 0, I'm pretty sure it would balance out anyway with the players who began their careers in years ending in a 0 and retired 22 years later in years ending in a 1, thus qualifying for four decades. I think it would still be close to 30 players. I almost wonder what the differences would be. I mean, obviously, guys like McCarver, Williams, Collins, McCovey, Vernon, Buckner, et al, would leave the list, but I'm virtually certain they'd be replaced by just about the same amount of other players.

    Whichever way it's sliced, I'm quite surprised that there have been so many players to have played in the Majors in four decades. It's an eye-opening number of players. And either way, I think this is a great trivia thread.
    There are 31 players who played in 4 or more decades under the more commonly used 0-9 system, whereas there are 28 players who did so under the technically correct 1-0 system. 22 players are in both groups, so there are 9 who qualify under the former system but not the latter, and there are 6 who qualify under the latter but not the former.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DJC View Post
    There are 31 players who played in 4 or more decades under the more commonly used 0-9 system, whereas there are 28 players who did so under the technically correct 1-0 system. 22 players are in both groups, so there are 9 who qualify under the former system but not the latter, and there are 6 who qualify under the latter but not the former.
    Super info, DJC. The defense rests, heh.

    When this list is complete, I'd sure be interested to know who those six players are. ...that is, unless you'd like to PM me with them. Up to you entirely.

    I love this site.
    "And their chances of getting back into this ballgame are growing dimmer by the batter."


    Put it in the books.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DJC View Post
    By my count, there are 31 players who qualify under the criteria specified. Since I looked it up, I won't make any guesses, but I believe you're missing two.
    That's interesting. Wikipedia only lists 29. I'd be interested to know who the other two are.
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyrus4189Cobb View Post
    Jack Ryan and George Davis
    Jack Ryan is correct but George Davis is quite the opposite. He's one of the few players who have played 20 seasons, but only in two decades (1890-1909)
    My top 10 players:

    1. Babe Ruth
    2. Barry Bonds
    3. Ty Cobb
    4. Ted Williams
    5. Willie Mays
    6. Alex Rodriguez
    7. Hank Aaron
    8. Honus Wagner
    9. Lou Gehrig
    10. Mickey Mantle

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    Arlie Latham
    "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnakamura View Post
    I know I'm being nitpicky, but this really should read, Minnie Minoso (1949-1964, 1976, 1980)

    From 1965-1980 Minoso had a grand total of 10 ABs
    I have a hard time seeing how a couple of publicity stunts qualifies Minoso for this list.

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