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    I was wondering: Who is the oldest player to make their MLB debut (and how old were they when they debuted), yet still managed to become a Hall of Famer or at least make multiple all-star trips? For instance, have there been any players that made their debut at (or past) the age of 30 and were still inducted into the H.O.F. or at least appeared in 3 or more All Star Games?

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    Originally posted by Jobu Voodoo View Post
    I was wondering: Who is the oldest player to make their MLB debut (and how old were they when they debuted), yet still managed to become a Hall of Famer or at least make multiple all-star trips? For instance, have there been any players that made their debut at (or past) the age of 30 and were still inducted into the H.O.F. or at least appeared in 3 or more All Star Games?
    Satchel Paige? MLB debut at 42 and a HOFer.
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      Hoyt Wilhelm was pretty old for a rookie. I think he was 29 when he started and he retired when he was 48 or 49.

      I always thought it woulda been pretty cool if he had started when he was 19 or 20. He woulda had a career from 1942-1972. Minus three years though due to WW2.

      Mike Schmidt's first year was 1972. He retired in 1989 and Omar Visquel started in 1989. It's pretty amazing to think there coulda been a two player gap from now and 1942.
      Last edited by chicagowhitesox1173; 05-23-2012, 09:59 PM.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by chicagowhitesox1173 View Post
        Hoyt Wilhelm was pretty old for a rookie. I think he was 29 when he started and he retired when he was 48 or 49.
        When Hoyt Wilhelm passed I recall an obituary saying that he had trimmed 2 years from his age as a rookie and had played MLB at 50!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Steven Gallanter View Post
          When Hoyt Wilhelm passed I recall an obituary saying that he had trimmed 2 years from his age as a rookie and had played MLB at 50!
          I never knew that. So he actually could have started as a 18 year old in 1939. (doubtful of course) But think if he had. He woulda played from 1939-1972. That woulda been pretty impressive.
          "(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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            Satchel Paige 42
            Willard Brown 32
            Monte Irvin 30
            Hoyt Wilhelm 29 (listed)
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            • #7
              OK, I knew about Paige, but he had actually played for many years in the Negro Leagues. I am referring to guys that were called up from MLB minor leagues at a late age and wound up a Hall of Famer or a multi-year All-Star.

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                So far, Wilhelm is the only one I've seen that is actually deserving.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Jobu Voodoo View Post
                  So far, Wilhelm is the only one I've seen that is actually deserving.
                  You dont think Paige earned the hall?
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by 1905 Giants View Post
                    You dont think Paige earned the hall?
                    I believe he means that Paige is in the HoF because of his Negro League career and not what he accomplished in MLB. Fair criticism. I mentioned him because technically he would be the oldest debut and in the HoF.
                    I see great things in baseball. It's our game - the American game.
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                    • #11
                      Dazzy Vance is the guy you're looking for. Got his first win at age 31. Although, he had pitched 33 innings years before his rookie year.
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                      • #12
                        Warren Spahn had a brief cup of coffee in 1942, but didn't win his first MLB game until 1946, when he was 25.
                        And of course Ichiro was 27 in his rookie MLB season.
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                        • #13
                          Phil Niekro debuted at 25, didn't get his 1st win until 26, and only won 31 games in his 20s (for a 300 game winner, that's unusual).

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Jackaroo Dave View Post
                            Satchel Paige 42
                            Willard Brown 32
                            Monte Irvin 30
                            Hoyt Wilhelm 29 (listed)
                            Technically, Jocko Conlan is a HOfer and did not play his 1st major league game until age 34.

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                            • #15
                              Of guys who were HOFers because they were players- AND didn't have a Negro League career before they came to the Majors, the answer is Hoyt Wilhelm. He was about 29 years and 9 months old in his first ML appearance. Vance was 24 years and a few months old in his first ML appearance. Freakshow is correct that Vance didn't get his first ML win until he was 31, though.

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