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  • #31
    Updated to reflect the passing of Len Matarazzo.

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    • #32
      Updated to reflect the passings of Joe DeMaestri and Jim Robertson.

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      • #33
        Updated to reflect the passing of Carl Miles.

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        • #34
          Per Baseball Reference "In Memoriam" Section today, Dick Adams has passed away.

          https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...damsdi01.shtml
          Last edited by Calif_Eagle; 04-03-2018, 02:32 PM. Reason: To add a link to Mr. Adams's career record.

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          • #35
            I'm Happy to report that there have been no deaths of the 16 surviving Philadelphia Athletics for the last 16 months - since the passing of Dick Adams in mid-October 2016.
            14 of the 16 have reached the wikioipedia.org 100 oldest living major leaguers list. 12 have reached age 90 and five have reached age 95. Fred Caligiuri has reached age 99 and is the second oldest living major leaguer at the present time. he was 22 an 23 Phila. Athletics in 1941 and 1942. he turned 99 last October 22. The youngest player on the list, pitcher, Bill Oster just turned 85 on January 2.. He was 21 years old during his only major league season of 1954, the Athletics final season in Philadelphia.

            Fred Caligiuri 10/22/18
            Bill Mills 1/2/19
            Eddie Robinson 12/15/20
            George Yankowski 11/19/22
            Meal Watlington 12/25/22
            Ed Samcoff 9/1/24
            Billy Demars 8/26/25
            Bobby Shantz 9/26/25
            Tommy Giordano 10/9/25
            Ozzie Von Brabrant 9/28/26
            Carl Scheib 1/1/27
            Bill Harrington 10/.3/27
            Bill Wilson 11/6/28
            Art Ditmat 4/3/29
            Hal Raether 10/10/32
            Bill Oster 1/2/33

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            • #36
              Per Baseball Reference today, Carl Scheib has passed away.

              https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...cheica01.shtml

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              • #37
                Carl Scheib's passing leaves only 42 players alive who played major league baseball in the 1940s, 39 of whom have already reached age 90.
                Last edited by philliesfiend55; 04-07-2018, 08:30 AM.

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                • #38


                  There are 14 Philadelphia Athletics players left:

                  (name, ages are now inaccurate since Cowtipper left the site.)

                  Fred Caligiuri, 97
                  Bill Mills, 96
                  Eddie Robinson, 95
                  Neal Watlington, 93
                  George Yankowski, 93

                  Bill DeMars, 90
                  Bobby Shantz, 90
                  Tommy Giordano, 90
                  Ozzie Van Brabant, 90
                  Bill Harrington, 88

                  Bill Wilson, 87
                  Art Ditmar, 86
                  Hal Raether, 83
                  Bill Oster, 83

                  EDIT: I should have stated earlier that the ages are no longer accurate since Cowtipper withdrew from this site. I am not going to update or track them. Anyone else that wishes to do so may feel free.

                  With the passing of Ed Samcoff , 14 players that wore the Philadelphia Athletics uniform remain.

                  https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...amcoed01.shtml
                  Last edited by Calif_Eagle; 04-21-2018, 10:14 PM.

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                  • #39
                    Second Baseman, Pitcher, Ed Samcoff (1951 Phila. A's) recently passed away at age 93..
                    Fred Caligiuiri (1941 & 1942 Phila. A's) is now the second oldest living major league baseball player at age 99 years, 6 months (born 10/22/1918).
                    Bill Mills also ranks in the top 5.
                    Eddie Robinson, a 4-time American league all-star first baseman, ranks in the top 10 oldest living MLB players and is the oldest living player for these franchises: New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, and Kansas City Athletics. He is the third oldest living Cleveland Indian and he is the only remaining survivor of the 1948 Cleveland Indians World's Championship Team (the Indians' last World Series winner).

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Calif_Eagle View Post

                      There are 15 Philadelphia Athletics players left:

                      (name, age)

                      Fred Caligiuri, 97
                      Bill Mills, 96
                      Eddie Robinson, 95
                      Neal Watlington, 93
                      George Yankowski, 93

                      Ed Samcoff, 91
                      Bill DeMars, 90
                      Bobby Shantz, 90
                      Tommy Giordano, 90
                      Ozzie Van Brabant, 90

                      Bill Harrington, 88
                      Bill Wilson, 87
                      Art Ditmar, 86
                      Hal Raether, 83
                      Bill Oster, 83
                      The 12 oldest of the 14 survivors (Caligiuri through Ditmar) at ranked in Wikipedia's list of the 100 oldest currently living MLB players.
                      The ages of this listshould be revised with everybody now two years older and with Samcoff removed from the list..
                      The youngest survivors, who are not in the 100 oldest MLB players' list, are Pitchers, Hal Raether, 85 (born: October 10, 1932) and youngest Phildelphia Athletic of them all, Bill Oster, 85
                      (born: January 2, 1933).

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Calif_Eagle View Post

                        There are 11 Philadelphia Athletics players remaining:

                        (name, ages are now inaccurate since Cowtipper left the site.)

                        Bill Mills, 96
                        Eddie Robinson, 95
                        Neal Watlington, 93
                        George Yankowski, 93
                        Bill DeMars, 90
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                        Bobby Shantz, 90
                        Bill Harrington, 88
                        Bill Wilson, 87
                        Art Ditmar, 86
                        Hal Raether, 83

                        Bill Oster, 83

                        EDIT: I should have stated earlier that the ages are no longer accurate since Cowtipper withdrew from this site. I am not going to update or track them. Anyone else that wishes to do so may feel free.
                        Ozzie Van Brabant has passed away per Baseball Reference.com

                        https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...anbroz01.shtml

                        Fred Caligiuri has passed away per Baseball Reference.com

                        https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...aligfr01.shtml

                        Updated on 2-15-2019 to reflect the passing of Tom Giordano

                        https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...iordto01.shtml
                        Last edited by Calif_Eagle; 02-15-2019, 05:05 PM.

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                        • #42
                          October 22, 2018: Oldest living major leaguer, Fred Caligiuri, a Philadelphia Athletics pitcher in 1941 & 1942, has reached his 100th birthday today.

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                          • #43
                            Nov. 2: Bill Mills had his 99th birthday (born: 11/2/1919). His entire MLB career consisted of 5 games in May and June 1944 with the Phila. Athletics.
                            Mills is currently the third oldest living MLB player and he's only one of three living players who were born before 1920.
                            Last edited by philliesfiend55; 11-06-2018, 06:13 AM.

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                            • #44
                              December 1: Oldest living major leaguer, pitcher Fred Caligiuri, a 1941 & 1942 Philadelphia Athletic passed away this week at age 100 years and 40 days -
                              He was one of the few major leaguers who ever lived to be 100 years old - (a rare Centenarian).

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                              • #45
                                Wihj Caligiuri's death there are now no living players who were active major leagues before America's enter into World War Two (Pearl Harbor).

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