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  • Calif_Eagle
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    Originally posted by philliesfiend55 View Post
    Oldest living Philadelphia Athletics. number in parenthesis - rank in age among all living major leaguers - if in top 125.
    Unranked=Not Ranked among the 125 oldest major league players. (As of today, all players ranked among the 125 oldest living MLB players are at least 88 years of age). This revised list of surviving Philly A's players should replace all previous lists.

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    1. Eddie Robinson (5) Born: 12/15/1920 First Baseman MLB Career: 1942-1957 except 1943-1945 Military Service. 1,315 games 4-time American League All-Star 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953.

    2. Billy DeMars (21) Born: 8/26/1925 Infielder 1948-1951, 80 Games, coach on 1980 World's Champion Philadelphia Phillies.

    3. Bobby Shantz (23) Born: 8/26/1925 Pitcher 1949-1964, 578 Games, 1952 American League Most Valuable Player; 3-Time American. League All-Star.
    (1951, 1952, 1957). Led A.L. in wins in 1952 (24-7).

    4. Bill Harrington (47) Born: 10/3/1927 Pitcher 1953-1956. 58 games.

    5.Bill Wilson (67) Born: 11/6/1928 Outfielder 1950-1955, 224 Games.

    6. Art Ditmar (73) Born: 4/2/1929 Pitcher 1954-1962, 289 Games. Led A.L. in Losses in 1956 (12-22).

    7.Hal Raether (Unranked) Born: 10/10/1932 Pitcher 1954 & 1957, 2 Games.

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    Sadly, only 7 Philadelphia Athletics players remain with us after the passing of Bill Oster, (RIP) reported by Baseball Reference.com today, 6/17/2020.

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/r...d=oster-001wil
    Last edited by Calif_Eagle; 06-17-2020, 11:59 PM.

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  • 1954 Phils
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    Originally posted by philliesfiend55 View Post
    Oldest iving Philadelphia Athletics (through June 1, 2019). number in parenthesis - rank in age among all living major leaguers - if in top 125.
    Unranked=Not Ranked among the 125 oldest major league players. (As of today, all players ranked among the 125 oldest living MLB players are at least 88 years of age). This revised list of surviving Philly A's players should replace all previous lists.

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    1. Eddie Robinson (5) Born: 12/15/1920 First Baseman MLB Career: 1942-1957 except 1943-1945 Military Service. 1,315 games 4-time American League All-Star 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953.
    2. George Yankowski (10) Born: 11/19/1922 Catcher 1942 and 1949, 18 games.
    3. Neal Watlington (11) Born: 12/25/1922 Catcher 1953-1953, 21 games.
    4. Billy DeMars (21) Born: 8/26/1925 Infielder 1948-1951, 80 Games, coach on 1980 World's Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
    5. Bobby Shantz (23) Born: 8/26/1925 Pitcher 1949-1964, 578 Games, 1952 American League Most Valuable Player; 3-Time American. League All-Star.
    (1951, 1952, 1957). Led A.L. in wins in 1952 (24-7).
    6. Bill Harrington (47) Born: 10/3/1927 Pitcher 1953-1956. 58 games.
    7.Bill Wilson (67) Born: 11/6/1928 Outfielder 1950-1955, 224 Games.
    8. Art Ditmar (73) Born: 4/2/1929 Pitcher 1954-1962, 289 Games. Led A.L. in Losses in 1956 (12-22).
    9.. Hal Raether (Unranked) Born: 10/10/1932 Pitcher 1954 & 1957, 2 Games.
    10. Bill Oster (Unranked) Born: 1/2/1933. Pitcher. 1954-1954, 8 Games.

    Recent Deaths: Bill Mills: Catcher 5 games with the 1944 Phila. A's. age 99.

    Updated 8/18/19.
    Neal Walington passed away on 12/29/2019 at the age of 97 years and 4 days. There are now only 9 living Philadelphia Athletics players. With Walington's death on December 29 and Bill Oster's birthday four days later on January 2, the age range of the 9 living Philadelphia Athletics players now ranges from 87 (Hal Raether and Bill Oster) to 99 years old (Eddie Robinson).
    Last edited by 1954 Phils; 01-05-2020, 09:17 AM.

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  • 1954 Phils
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    NEAL WATLINGTON A CATCHER WITH THE the 1953 PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE 97 ON DECEMBER 29, 2019. WATLINGTON WAS THE 5TH OLDEST LIVING MAJOR LEAGUER UP UNTIL THE TIME OF HIS DEATH.
    Watlington was 30 years of age when he played his only major league season (actually it was only a half-season). He debuted on July 10, 1953, four days before the major league all-star game and he remained with the Athlectics for the rest of the '53 season as a third-string catcher, behind Joe Astroth and Ray Murray. Watlington appeared in 21games, 9 games behind the plate, hitting .159,with no home runs and 3 RBI. He was a lefthanded batter.
    Watlington was born on Christmas Day, 1922 and when he passed away on December 29,2019, he was exactly 97 years and 4 days of age

    With Neal's death there are now only 9 living Philadelphia Athletics players..

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  • 1954 Phils
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    Eddie Robinson (birthdate: December 15, 1920) is now the oldest living major leaguer at 99 years, 11 days of age through December 26, 2019.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Tomorrow, Sept. 26, 2019 will be 1952 American league Most Valuable Player, Bobby Shantz's 94th birthday. Shantz went 24-7 in 1952 in a year where both MVPs were nearly both Philadelphia pitchers.....Shantz of the American League Athletics and Robin Roberts of the National League Phillies. Roberts (28-7) lost the NL - MVP Award to the Chicago Cubs' slugging outfielder,
    Hank Sauer in a close and controversial election.
    Shantz never quite "caught lighting in a bottle" again as he did in 1952,but he did make three American League all-star teams and he have excellent career longevity as he pitched in all or parts of 16 seasons in the majors from 1949 to 1964, pitching his final MLB game three days after his 39th birthday. He finished with a 119-99 won-lost record, with a career earned run average of 3.38.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 09-25-2019, 03:57 PM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Oldest living Philadelphia Athletic and 2nd Oldest living major leaguer, catcher, Bill Mills passed away on August 9. He played briefly for the Philadelphia A's in 1944. Mills died less than 3 months shy of his 100th birthday.

    4-time American League All-Star first baseman in the late '40s and early '50s, Eddie Robinson, 98, becomes the oldest living Philadelphia Athletic.
    (MLB Career: 1942, 1946-1957. Military Service 1943-1945). Born: 12/15/1920.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 08-18-2019, 06:20 PM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    Oldest iving Philadelphia Athletics (through June 1, 2019). number in parenthesis - rank in age among all living major leaguers - if in top 125.
    Unranked=Not Ranked among the 125 oldest major league players. (As of today, all players ranked among the 125 oldest living MLB players are at least 88 years of age). This revised list of surviving Philly A's players should replace all previous lists.

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    1. Eddie Robinson (5) Born: 12/15/1920 First Baseman MLB Career: 1942-1957 except 1943-1945 Military Service. 1,315 games 4-time American League All-Star 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953.
    2. George Yankowski (10) Born: 11/19/1922 Catcher 1942 and 1949, 18 games.
    3. Neal Watlington (11) Born: 12/25/1922 Catcher 1953-1953, 21 games.
    4. Billy DeMars (21) Born: 8/26/1925 Infielder 1948-1951, 80 Games, coach on 1980 World's Champion Philadelphia Phillies.
    5. Bobby Shantz (23) Born: 8/26/1925 Pitcher 1949-1964, 578 Games, 1952 American League Most Valuable Player; 3-Time American. League All-Star.
    (1951, 1952, 1957). Led A.L. in wins in 1952 (24-7).
    6. Bill Harrington (47) Born: 10/3/1927 Pitcher 1953-1956. 58 games.
    7.Bill Wilson (67) Born: 11/6/1928 Outfielder 1950-1955, 224 Games.
    8. Art Ditmar (73) Born: 4/2/1929 Pitcher 1954-1962, 289 Games. Led A.L. in Losses in 1956 (12-22).
    9.. Hal Raether (Unranked) Born: 10/10/1932 Pitcher 1954 & 1957, 2 Games.
    10. Bill Oster (Unranked) Born: 1/2/1933. Pitcher. 1954-1954, 8 Games.

    Recent Deaths: Bill Mills: Catcher 5 games with the 1944 Phila. A's. age 99.

    Updated 8/18/19.
    Last edited by philliesfiend55; 08-18-2019, 06:15 PM.

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  • Calif_Eagle
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    Tommy Giordano has passed away per Baseball Reference.com (Post #41 has the complete & updated list)

    https://www.baseball-reference.com/p...iordto01.shtml
    Last edited by Calif_Eagle; 02-15-2019, 04:06 PM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    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, 05:13 AM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • Calif_Eagle
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    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, 04:05 PM.

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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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  • philliesfiend55
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    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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