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    Oldest living Phillies

    Phillies Rank/MLB Players Rank (if in 125 oldest)- according to Wikipedia/ Name/ position/birthdate/first year with Phillies. * All-Star

    Don Hasenmayer holds he distinction of having played for the Phillies the longest time ago among living Phillies. He debuted on May 2, 1945, so that's 72 years ago as we enter 2017.
    All Known Living Phillies born 7/31/1943 or earlier. Ages through 5/15/2017.

    Over 90
    1. (7) *Wally Westlake OF 11/8/20 - 1956
    2. 191) Solly Hemus 2B 4/17/23 - 1956.
    3. (26) Chuck Harmon OF 4/23/24 - 1957 - oldest African-American Phillie.
    4 (40) *Bobby Shantz P 9/26/25 - 1964
    5.(49) Dick Koecher P 3/30/26 - 1946
    6. (56) Bob Miller P 6/16/26 - 1949
    7. (57) Bobby Morgan 2B-SS 6/29/26 - 1954
    8. (69) Paul Stuffel P 3/22/27 - 1950
    9. (70) Don Hasenmayer 3B 4/4/27 - 1945

    Age 89-85
    10.(84) Jim Greengrass OF 10/24/27 - 1955
    11.(85) Tommy Brown - OF 12/6/27 - 1951
    12.(86) Bob Oldis - C 1/5/28 - 1962
    13.(91) Dick Young - INF 6/3/28 - 1951
    14.(105) Bob "Mickey" Micelotta SS 10/20/28 - 1954
    15. (107) Floyd 'Bob' Ross P 11/2/28 - 1956
    16.(118) *Curt Simmons P 5/19/29 - 1947 - Phillies Wall Of Fame.
    17. (120) *Frank Thomas OF/1B 6/11/29 - 1964.
    18. (121) Don Ferraresse p 6/19/29 - 1961
    19.(122) Angelo LiPetri P 7/6/29 - 1956
    20. (125) Ted Lepcio(125) INF- 7/28/29 - 1960.
    21. *Ray Herbert P 12/15/29 - 1965 .
    22. Roger Craig P 2/17/30 - 1966
    Ron Negray P 2/26/30 - 1955
    Stan Palys OF 5/1/30 - 1953
    Dick Hall P 9/27/30 - 1967
    Solly Drake INF 10/23/30 - 1959
    *Dick Groat SS 11/4/30 - 1966
    *Gene Conley P 11/10/30 - 1959
    Joe Michael Morgan. (Joe Morgan) 3B 11/19/30 - 1960 (later Managed Boston Red Sox to A.L. East division titles in 1988 & 1990)..
    30 Roman "Ray" Semproch - P 1/17/31 - 1958
    Hank Mason P 6/19/31 - 1958
    Ed Roebuck P 7/3/31 - 1964
    Bobby Malkmus INF 7/4/31 - 1960
    Chuck Essegian OF 8/8/31 - 1958
    35. Jim Bolger OF 2/23/32 - 1959

    Age 84-80
    36. Mel Roach OF 1/25/33 -1962.Age 83
    Bobby Del Greco OF 4/7/33 - 1960
    Taylor Phillips P 6/18/33 - 1959
    Jim Owens P 01/16/1934 - 1955
    40.Ted Kazanski SS 01/25/34 - 1953
    *Bill White 1B 01/28/34 - 1966 ( former National League President)
    Bob Conley P 02/01/34 - 1958
    Bobby Locke P 03/03/34 - 1962
    *Jackie Brandt OF 04/28/34 - 1966
    Mickey Harrington OF 10/08/34 - 1963
    Bob Uecker C 01/26/35 - 1966 - Hall Of Fame BroadcasterAge 81.
    Tom Qualters P 04/01/35 1953
    Mack Burk C 04/21/35 1956
    Pedro Ramos P 04/28/35 1967
    50.Don Demeter OF 06/25/35 1961
    Terry Fox P 07/31/35 1966
    Howie Bedell OF 09/29/35 1968
    *Tony Taylor 2B 12/19/35 1960 - Phillies Wall Of Fame.
    Jacke Davis OF 03/05/36 1962
    Jimmie Schaffer C 04/05/36 1966
    Wayne Graham 3B 04/06/36 1963 - College Baseball Hall Of Fame coach (Rice University (1992-)
    Don Lock OF 06/27/36 1967
    Tony Gonzalez OF 08/28/36 1960
    Jack Baldschun P 10/16/36 1961
    60.Clay Dalrymple C 12/03/36 1960
    Doc Edwards C 12/10/36 1970
    Ted Savage OF 02/21/37 1962.
    63. Al Kenders C 04/04/37 1961

    Ages 79 to 75
    64. Fred Van Dusen PH 07/31/37 1955
    Johnny Herrnstein 1B 03/31/38 1963
    *Art Mahaffey P 06/04/38 1960
    Billy Cowan OF 08/28/38 1967
    Bobby Wine SS 09/17/38 1960
    Vic Roznovsky C 10/19/38 1969
    70. *Jim Kaat P 11/07/38 1976
    Jack Hamilton P 12/25/38 1963
    *Cookie Rojas 2B 03/06/39 1963
    Al Neiger P 03/26/39 1960
    Phil Linz INF 06/04/39 1966
    Doug Clemens OF 06/09/39 1966
    Jim Woods 3B 09/17/39 1960
    77.*Pete Richert P 10/29/39 1974
    78. Danny Cater OF 02/25/40 1964
    *Dick Ellsworth P 03/22/40 1967
    80. Gary Wagner P 06/28/40 1965
    *Darrell Brandon P 07/08/40 1971
    Rich Barry OF 09/12/40 1968
    Frank Linzy P 09/15/40 1974
    Morrie Steevens P 10/07/40 1964
    John Sullivan C 01/03/41 1968
    Pat Corrales C 03/20/41 1964 (Also managed Phillies).
    Eddie Watt P 04/04/41 1974
    * Pete Rose 1B 04/14/41 1979
    Paul Brown P 06/18/41 1961
    90. Gary Kroll P 07/06/41 1964
    *Ray Culp P 08/06/41 1963
    John Morris P 08/23/41 1966
    Fred Wenz P 08/26/41 1970
    *Tim McCarver C 10/16/41 1970 (Hall Of Fame Broadcaster - Ford C. Frick Award winner).
    Mike Ryan C 11/25/41 1968
    Al Raffo P 11/27/41 1969
    *Darold Knowles P 12/09/41 1966
    Adolfo Phillips OF 12/16/41 1964
    Costen Shockley 1B 2/8/42 1964
    100. *Richie 'Dick' Allen 3B 3/8/42 1963 - Phillies Wall Of Fame.ge 74
    Tom Hilgendorf P 3/10/42 1975
    * Jim Lonborg P 4/16/42 1973
    103. *Tony Perez 1B 5/14/42 1983 (Baseball Hall Of Fame)

    Age 74
    104. Larry Colton P 6/8/42 1968
    Ron Stone OF 9/9/42 1969
    *Grant Jackson P 9/28/42 1965.
    * Ron Reed P 11/2/42 1976
    *Ferguson Jenkins P 12/13/42 1965 (HOF)
    *Jerry Koosman P 12/23/42 1984
    110. Byron Browne OF 12/27/42 1970
    Ron Clark INF 1/14/43 1975
    * Davey Johnson 2B 1/30/43 1977
    113. Joe Verbanic P 4/24/43 1966

    Age 73
    114. Bill Robinson OF 6/26/43 1972
    115.George Culver P 7/8/43 1973.

    Other 73 year-olds born in 1943:
    HOF -2nd Baseman, Joe Leonard Morgan born: 9/19/43 - member of the 1983 N.L champion Phillies "Wheeze Kids" & 1975 & 1976 "Big Red Machine" Cincinnati Reds Worlds Champs. MLB: 1963-1984. Hall Of Fame: 1990. Broadcaster for 21 years of ESPN's weekly Sunday Night MLB game (1990-2010).

    2017 Deaths:
    Jim Bunning - P - 1964 Phillies - Baseball Hall Of Fame and Phillies Wall Of Fame - Served 24 years as a US. Senator & Congressman - died May 27, 2017 - age 85; Bob Kuzava, age 93, RHP - 1955 Phillies, died May 17, 2017; Roy Sievers OF-1B age 90 died 4/3/17, 1962-1964 Phils; Ruben Amaro Sr. - SS - age 81 - Phils 1960 - died 3/31/17; Dallas Green - RHP - age 82 died 3/22/17 - 1960 Phils manager 1979-1981 Phillies (Phillies Wall Of Fame): Bob Bowman - OF - died Jan.27, 2017 - age 85, 1955-1959 Phils; Bob Sadowski - 3B/INF - died Jan. 6, 2017 - age 79. 1961 Phillies.
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    Last edited by philliesfiend55; Yesterday at 10:24 AM.

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    Since the original posting of this list there has been just one death (pitcher, Jack Spring) among 123 players over the last six months among former Phillies ranging in age from their early 70s to their late 90s. That seems rather remarkable to me.

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    Players are added to the Wikipedia List of oldest living players on their 88th birthday. OF- Tommy Brown was just added to the list today since he turns 88 today - (12/6/2015). Brown was a Phillie in 1951 and 1952 and he was in the majors off and on from 1944 to 1954. As of this date he ranks as the 123rd oldest currently living MLB player.

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    The following four names are the only players who are still alive from the 1950 NL-Pennant winning club:

    Putsy Caballero
    Bob Miller
    Curt Simmons
    Paul Stuffel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cowtipper View Post
    The following four names are the only players who are still alive from the 1950 NL-Pennant winning club:

    Putsy Caballero
    Bob Miller
    Curt Simmons
    Paul Stuffel
    Caballero is also one of only two living Phillies who made their MLB debuts before the end of World War Two.

    Ralph "Putsy Caballero - MLB Debut: 9/14/1944 (Phillies 1944-1952, except 1946 military service ). Approximate Age at time of MLB Debut: 16 years, 10 months.Played last MLB game at age 24
    Don Hasenmayer - MLB Debut: 5/2/1945 (Phillies 1945-1946). Approximate age at time of MLB Debut: 18 years, 1 month. Played last MLB game at age 19.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 07-25-2016 at 12:47 PM.

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    Wally Westlake, a 10 year major league third baseman/outfielder (1947-1956) , a member of the 1956 Phillies, and a 1951 National League All-Star has recently become one of the 10 oldest living major leaguers. He is due to turn 96 on November 8.

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    11/18/2016: Happy 90th birthday, Roy Sievers - (Phillies 1962-1964; MLB: 1949-1965; 1949 American Lg. Rookie of the Year; led A. L. in 1957 in HR & RBI; 318 career HR; Veteran of nearly 1,900 MLB games; 4-Time American League All-Star).
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-18-2016 at 08:53 AM.

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    Phillies third baseman/utility infielder, Bob Sadowski (1961) passed away three days ago on January 6. He was nine days shy of his 80th birthday.

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    Oops! - I missed one.
    Pitcher, Grant Jackson (born: 9/28/1942 - about 74 yrs., 6 mos.) has just been added to the list. He's currently at #109 of 111.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 03-23-2017 at 11:56 AM.

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    Rearranged list to save space.
    Found a few previously omitted players.
    Extended included birthdates from 12/1942 to 5/1943.

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    I believe that the Phillies' total of 22 living players born before 1930 is the highest of any MLB team.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 05-17-2017 at 09:36 AM.

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    Pitcher, Bob Kuzava (1923-2017) passes away.

    May 17: Bob Kuzava, a righthanded pitcher on the Phillies 1955 team has passed away less than two weeks shy of his 94th birthday (May 28). The well-traveled Mr. Kuzava played for eight major league teams (half of the 16 teams then in existence), including the inaugural Baltimore Orioles 1954 team and three World's Champion early 1950s New York Yankees teams. He was above .500 lifetime, going 49-44, with a 4.05 earned run average between 1946 and 1957. In 213 games he made 99 starts, pitched 34 Complete Games, and threw seven Shut Outs. He was listed by Wikipedia as the 20th oldest living major leaguer up until the time of his passing.
    1949, when he went 10-6 for the Chicago White Sox and 1951 where he went 11-7 in a year split between the Washington Senators and the New York Yankees may have been his top years. Kuzava made relief appearances for the New York Yankees in the 1951, 1952 and 1953 World Series.
    He was the third oldest living Phillies behind only Wally Westlake, 96 and Solly Hemus, 94.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 05-17-2017 at 10:45 AM.

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