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  • Originally posted by jcmurphy View Post
    Living St. Louis Browns (with age as of June 17, 2016)

    Chuck Stevens 07/10/18 - 97
    Tom Jordan 09/05/19 - 96
    Dick Starr 03/02/21 - 95
    George Elder 03/10/21 - 95
    Neil Berry 01/11/22 - 94

    Johnny Hetki 05/12/22 - 94
    Jim Rivera 07/22/22 - 93
    Tom Wright 09/22/23 - 92
    Billy DeMars 08/26/25 - 90
    Ned Garver 12/25/25 - 90

    Frank Saucier 05/28/26 - 90
    Johnny Groth 07/23/26 - 89
    Ed Mickelson 09/09/26 - 89
    Don Johnson 11/12/26 - 89
    Roy Sievers 11/18/26 - 89

    Hal Hudson 05/04/27 - 89
    Al Naples 08/29/27 - 88
    Billy Hunter 06/04/28 - 88
    Joe DeMaestri 12/09/28 - 87
    Don Larsen 08/07/29 - 86

    J.W. Porter 01/17/33 - 83
    Which of these Browns' survivors played on the Browns' final team of 1953?

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    • Neil Berry (57 games), Johnny Groth (141 games), Ed Mickelson (7 games), Roy Sievers (92 games), Billy Hunter (all 154 games - wow, there should be a special award for that) and Don Larsen (38 games/22 starts).

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      • Originally posted by dave_heller View Post
        Neil Berry (57 games), Johnny Groth (141 games), Ed Mickelson (7 games), Roy Sievers (92 games), Billy Hunter (all 154 games - wow, there should be a special award for that) and Don Larsen (38 games/22 starts).
        Thanks, Dave!

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        • Delete Post
          Last edited by Calif_Eagle; 08-29-2016, 02:39 PM.

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          • Originally posted by jcmurphy View Post

            Chuck Stevens 07/10/18 - 98
            Tom Jordan 09/05/19 - 96
            Dick Starr 03/02/21 - 95
            George Elder 03/10/21 - 95
            Johnny Hetki 05/12/22 - 94

            Jim Rivera 07/22/22 - 93
            Tom Wright 09/22/23 - 92
            Billy DeMars 08/26/25 - 90
            Ned Garver 12/25/25 - 90
            Frank Saucier 05/28/26 - 90

            Johnny Groth 07/23/26 - 89
            Ed Mickelson 09/09/26 - 89
            Roy Sievers 11/18/26 - 89
            Hal Hudson 05/04/27 - 89
            Al Naples 08/29/27 - 88

            Billy Hunter 06/04/28 - 88
            Joe DeMaestri 12/09/28 - 87
            Don Larsen 08/07/29 - 86
            J.W. Porter 01/17/33 - 83
            Updated to reflect passing of Neil Berry RIP

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            • Updated to reflect the passing of Joe DeMaestri (who was the third-youngest on our list) and Hal Hudson:

              We are now 17!

              Only five remain from the 1953 team (6 if you count Lasorda), which is odd, because that is the youngest team. But although 48 players wore the uniform in 1952, and 52 players wore the uniform in 1951, by 1953 "Wheeler Dealer" Veeck had bigger fish to fry. Only 38 wore the uniform in 1953, almost down to the DeWittian level of 36 in 1950.

              Chuck Stevens 07/10/18 - 98
              Tom Jordan 09/05/19 - 96
              Dick Starr 03/02/21 - 95
              George Elder 03/10/21 - 95
              Johnny Hetki 05/12/22 - 94

              Jim Rivera 07/22/22 - 93
              Tom Wright 09/22/23 - 92
              Billy DeMars 08/26/25 - 90
              Ned Garver 12/25/25 - 90
              Frank Saucier 05/28/26 - 90

              Johnny Groth 07/23/26 - 89
              Ed Mickelson 09/09/26 - 89
              Roy Sievers 11/18/26 - 89
              Al Naples 08/29/27 - 88
              Billy Hunter 06/04/28 - 88

              Don Larsen 08/07/29 - 86
              J.W. Porter 01/17/33 - 83
              Last edited by Brownieand45sfan; 08-29-2016, 03:06 PM.

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              • Rumor has it, Tom Jordan died earlier this year.

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                • Does anybody have that interview with him? It was on YouTube but I cannot find it right now

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                  • Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
                    Rumor has it, Tom Jordan died earlier this year.
                    Wikipedia still carries Tom Jordan on it's oldest living major leaguers list and has him as age 97 and 3 days through today, Sept. 8, 2016.

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                    • Originally posted by Cowtipper View Post
                      Rumor has it, Tom Jordan died earlier this year.
                      Wikipedia still includes Tom Jordan on its oldest living major leaguers list. - He's ranked as the 8th oldest living MLB player at age 97 years and 3 days through today Sept. 8, 2016.

                      I've also heard that Bill Mills (also among the 10 oldest players) might have died, but Wikipedia still lists him among the living and baseball-reference.com does not contradict Wikipedia about Mills or Jordan.
                      Last edited by philliesfiend55; 09-08-2016, 09:36 AM.

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                      • Its weird to think that players still pass without getting a mention at least in some local paper that they were an MLB player.. Same thing happened with Hal Hudson earlier this year. (This is still the only thing on Hal. Laconic!: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tcp...?pid=180647742)

                        But a lot of these small town papers are dead/have skeleton staffs.

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                        • Originally posted by Brownieand45sfan View Post
                          Its weird to think that players still pass without getting a mention at least in some local paper that they were an MLB player.. Same thing happened with Hal Hudson earlier this year. (This is still the only thing on Hal. Laconic!: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tcp...?pid=180647742)

                          But a lot of these small town papers are dead/have skeleton staffs.
                          The Probable reason is that these players may have had brief big league careers 50 to 60 years ago (right after WWII ended to the mid-'50s). They have become well known in their communities for whatever occupation they pursued after their playing careers ended. ( local politicians, teachers, small business owners, policemen, baseball coaches, factory workers etc.). Their playing careers are footnotes to what they did with the rest of their lives and to the families they raised.

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                          • As was reported on Baseball Ref.com and already posted on the Original Senators thread, Dick Starr, former Browns pitcher, has passed away.

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                            • Originally posted by Brownieand45sfan View Post

                              Chuck Stevens 07/10/18 - 98
                              Tom Jordan 09/05/19 - 96
                              George Elder 03/10/21 - 95
                              Johnny Hetki 05/12/22 - 94

                              Jim Rivera 07/22/22 - 93
                              Tom Wright 09/22/23 - 92
                              Billy DeMars 08/26/25 - 90
                              Ned Garver 12/25/25 - 90

                              Frank Saucier 05/28/26 - 90
                              Johnny Groth 07/23/26 - 89
                              Ed Mickelson 09/09/26 - 89
                              Roy Sievers 11/18/26 - 89

                              Al Naples 08/29/27 - 88
                              Billy Hunter 06/04/28 - 88
                              Don Larsen 08/07/29 - 86
                              J.W. Porter 01/17/33 - 83
                              Only 16 former Browns remain with the passing of Dick Starr, former Browns pitcher.

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                              • Ned Garver passed away today. He was 91. Always will be known for winning 20 games with a sad-sack Browns team, but he could really tell a story.

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