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  • philliesfiend55
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    Of the more than 2,080 players in 137 years of Phillies franchise history, Wally Westlake lived to top all of them in age, being 98 years and 10 months old at the time of his death this past week. Westlake played for the 1956 Phillies in the final season of his ten year career (1947-1956) that include o trip to the World Series, with the 1954 Cleveland Indians and one selection to the all-star game (1951, with the St. Louis Cardinals). The start of Westlake's career with his 1947 MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates at the age of 26 was delayed by his World War Two military service.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    The first half of September claimed the lives of Phillies nonagenarians Jim Greengrass (outfielder) and Wally Westlake (third baseman/outfielder/pinch hitter - second oldest major leaguer at age 98) as well as 3 other major leaguers in their 90s (Hal Naragon, Charlie Silvera, Alex Grammas), two older former MLB players in their late 80s (Paul Smith and, Jim Archer). Orioles abd Cubs pitcher, Tom Phoebus, 77 and the untimely deaths of younger ballplayers such as Jose Moreno,61, a long-time Phillies farmhand, who never "got the call" from the Phillies organization, but who reached the majors with the Mets and the Angels).
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 09-15-2019, 04:48 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Wally Westlake, the oldest living player in Philadelphia Phillies franchise history (98 years, 292 days as of today), is now the second oldest currently living major leaguer. He is second only to Val Heim, a World War Two, War-time only player who played one year during the war for the Chicago White Sox. Between 1947 and 1956 Westlake had a 10 year major leagues career as a third baseman/outfielder with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Baltimore Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies. He was a Phillie in 1956 at the end of his career. Westlake made the National League all-star roster and played in the 1951 All-Star game as a Cardinal..

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Following the death of Wartime Philadelphia Athletics player, Bill Mills, the all-time oldest living Phillie, Wally Westlake (1956 Phillies) currently 98 years, 9 1/2 months) becomes the third oldest, currently living, major leagues base ball player.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    March 19, 2019:: Chuck Harmon, an Outfielder/First Baseman, one of the first African-Americans to play for the Phillies (1957) passed away at the age of 94.
    Harmon was a great athlete. He was a key member of the 1942-1943 University of Toledo basketball team that got to the NIT finals. Harmon had a four-year stay in the major leagues, playin for the Cincinnati Reds (1954-1956); St. Louis Cardinals (1956-19570 and the Phillies (1957) . Harmon was nicknamed "Three Gloves" by his Reds teammates, because besides being a competent outfielder and first baseman he was also the team's "Emergency Catcher"....hence the nickname "Three Gloves" because he needed a different type of glove at each position and always had three gloves ready at Cincinnati's Crosley Field and he always took these three different types of gloves with him on road trips. Harmon was as versatile as he was athletic .

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Wally Westlake of the 1956 phillies - current age: About 98 years and 1 month, is now the fourth oldest currently living major leaguer.
    He's the second oldest Phillies player who ever lived, behind only 1940 Phillie, ,Al Monchak (1917-2016), who lived to be 98 years, 171 days of age
    (about 98 years and 5 1/2 months),.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 12-04-2018, 04:03 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Oldest Living Phillies birthdays in the last four weeks of this year, December 4 - December 31, 2018.

    Birthday - Position - Player - Age - First year with the Phillies.

    Dec. 6 - OF - Tommy Brown - 91 - 1951.
    Dec. 9 - P - Darold Knowles - 77 - 1966.
    Dec. 13 - P - Ferguson Jenkins - 76 - 1965. (National Baseball Hall Of Fame).
    Dec. 15 - P - Ray Herbert - 89 - 1965 .
    Dec. 16 - OF - Adolfo Phillips - 77 - 1964.
    Dec. 19 - 2B - Tony Taylor - 83 - 1960. (Phillies Wall Of Fame).
    Dec. 23 - P - Jerry Koosman - 76 - 1984.
    Dec. 27 - OF - Byron Browne - 76 - 1970.

    Currently 106 Phillies players are in the Phillies Alumni 'Three-Quarters (3/4) Of A Century Club' - (living Phillies who are at least 75 years of Age).
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 12-04-2018, 04:07 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    December 3, 2018: It is RHP - Jerry Johnson's 75th birthday. He becomes the 106th living former Phillie to be a member of their "Three-Quarters of A Century Club" : Living Phillies Players age 75 and older. He was a Phillie in 1968 and 1969. The Phillies were he first MLB team of his 10 year career in the big leagues (1968-1977).
    Today is also Catcher, Clay Dalrymple's 82nd birthday. Dalrymple spent almost the entire 1960s decade with the Philles . (1960-1968) remaining in the majors through 1971 in a 12 year MLB career. Dalrymple was a member of the 1970 World Series-winning Baltimore Orioles. After his playing career Dalrymple spent many years as a Baltimore Orioles Radio-TV broadcaster.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    November 13: Today is Infielder, Bobby Pfeil's 75th birthday and he becomes the 105th member of the Currently Living "Phillies Alumni Three-Quarters Of A Century Club" (Living Phillies Players who are 75 or older). Pfeil spent a number of years in the high minors reaching the majors only twice, wtih the 1969 New York Mets and the 1971 Phillies. His two major leagues experiences couldn't have been more different. He played on a 1969 Mets team that would win the NL Eastern Division, NL Pennant, and then score an upset win to take the '69 World Series title, while in 1971 he'd play on the 67-95 last-place Phillies. On one level his working or playing conditions were about the same. The Mets' Shea Stadium was only in it's sixth year of existence in 1969 and as a stadium it was in it's prime, and it hosted a number of sellouts. in 1971 the Phillies had some big crowds too with local casual fans and lifelong fanatical Phillies fans all wanting to come to catch games at the Phillies brand new Veterans Stadium, which was in it's inaugural season after opening that April 10.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    November 8, 2018: RHP - Ron Negray passed away at the age of 88. Negray pitched sporadically in the majors in the 1950s. For the 1952 Brooklyn Dodgers, the 1955 & 1956 Phillies, and the 1958 Los Angeles Dodgers, in their first year on the West Coast, Negray compiled a 6-6 record, with a 4.04 earned run average. He has Topps baseball cards portraying him both with the Dodgers and the Phillies.He was a lifelong resident of the Akron, Ohio area.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-12-2018, 07:16 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Originally posted by jjpm74 View Post
    The oldest living former MLB player as of today is Fred Caligiuri who played for the Philadelphia Athletics. He is 100 years and 17 days old (born 22 Oct 1918). The secret must be in the cheese steaks.
    Didn't Woody Allen or one of his characters in the 1973 Comedy/Sci Fi movie "Sleeper" set centuries ahead in the future say that SCIENCE had figured out that the key to longevity was the consumption of Hot Fudge Sundaes. If only the Hot Fudge Sundaes or Cheese Steaks Factor were really True!
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-10-2018, 04:28 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Originally posted by jjpm74 View Post
    The oldest living former MLB player as of today is Fred Caligiuri who played for the Philadelphia Athletics. He is 100 years and 17 days old (born 22 Oct 1918). The secret must be in the cheese steaks.
    Besides being the oldest living MLB player and the only Centenarian (100years or more of age) ,who played in the majors the most seasons ago - 77 through 2018, another distinction held by Fred Caligiuri, is that he pitched with the 1941 and 1942 Philadelphia Athletics and since he started his MLB career in 1941, he is the only living MLB player who was active in the major leagues before America entered World War Two (Pearl Harbor - December 1941).

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  • jjpm74
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    The oldest living former MLB player as of today is Fred Caligiuri who played for the Philadelphia Athletics. He is 100 years and 17 days old (born 22 Oct 1918). The secret must be in the cheese steaks.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Nov. 8 - Today is the 98th birthday of 3B/OF/PH Wally Westlake (1956 Phillies; MLB: 1947-1956; 1951 N.L. all-star)). birthdate: November 8, 1920. (1920-) He is the second longest-lived player in Phillies franchise history. Only 1940 Phillies INF Alex Monchak (1917-2016) lived to be older than Westlake
    (98 years, 191 days).
    Westlake reached the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1947 after World War Two military service. Westlake had some excellent seasons early in his career hitting .272 lifetime.over his 10 year MLB career.
    He had three seasons where he hit at least 20 home runs: (career high 24 home runs in 1950), topped 90 RBI twice (career high: 104 RBI in 1949) and his batting average career highs were: as an everyday player .285 twice in 1948 and 1950, and .330 as a reserve in 1953. He was a highly valued reserve where he hit 11 home runs off the bench of the 1954 Cleveland Indians, a team that won the American League pennant with record setting performances in wins and winning percentage (111-43, .721 win .pctg) and he was selected to and played in the 1951 all-star game , representing the National League as a St. Louis Cardinal. .
    Westlake's career stops included: 1947-1951 Pittsburgh Pirates; 1951-1952; St. Louis Cardinals; 1952 Cincinnati Reds 1952-1955 Cleveland Indians 1955 Baltimore Orioles and finally 1956 Philadelphia Phillies.
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    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-08-2018, 05:22 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Birthdates for players on the 'Oldest Living Phillies' list have been extended through 12/31/1943. - Players listed are Age 75 and older.

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