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The last living link

May 6, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

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Chris Jaffe did some of his Chris Jaffe stuff this morning and came up with a neat post. It’s similar to his last one: the last living player on each World Series winning team. This time: who was the last surviving ballplayer for various prominent managers. Here’s some mind-blowing stuff:

[Connie] Mack is the most interesting fellow of the bunch. The man piloted teams in seven decades, a feat that no one will ever match. He began playing in the majors in 1886. That’s barely after the game legalized overhand pitching and before pitchers threw from mounds. It’s before the three-strike, four-ball count. And there are still some guys still alive who played for him, 14 to be exact.

Fourteen guys who played for a dude who was playing when Queen Victoria still had 15 years left in her reign. Wowzers.

  1. mybrunoblog - May 6, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    I’m not sure if it’s cool or a little ghoulish. Death awaits all of us, it just seems odd that Jaffe is really into it.

    • heyblueyoustink - May 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.”

  2. heyblueyoustink - May 6, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    ” And there are still some guys still alive who played for him, 14 to be exact.”

    One of them, maybe?

  3. onbucky96 - May 6, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    WTF? Still alive, are you sure they’re not un-dead?

    • heyblueyoustink - May 6, 2013 at 9:16 AM

      Or, perhaps, mostly dead?

  4. craigisaloser - May 6, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    You suck Craig

    • heyblueyoustink - May 6, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      My, you put a lot of thought into that.

      • craigisaloser - May 6, 2013 at 10:10 AM

        Get off Craigs jock!

      • heyblueyoustink - May 6, 2013 at 10:42 AM

        Not necessarily, I was more impressed that they let kindergartners online so early.

      • craigisaloser - May 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

        Lame……why not respond “I know you are but what am I?” It’s ok if you’re riding Craig’s jock. Don’t be embarrassed.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 6, 2013 at 10:19 AM

      Lol! There it is! Where you been CIAL?

      • historiophiliac - May 6, 2013 at 3:45 PM

        That one’s really not worth encouraging…NOT funny.

  5. DelawarePhilliesFan - May 6, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    As long as we are on mind blowing links, try this one.

    Warren Spahn played his first game in April 1942. Julio Franco played his final game September 2007. 65 year span and yet those two had a common team mate – Tug McGraw (’65 Mets and ’82 Phillies)

  6. bigharold - May 6, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    “Fourteen guys who played for a dude who was playing when Queen Victoria still had 15 years left in her reign. Wowzers.”

    And, contrary to popular belief none of them are on the Yankee 40 man roster.

    • therealtrenches - May 6, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      Maybe none of them are Yankees, but some of them might be Phillies (said the sad, die-hard Phillie fan since 1973).

      On an unrelated note, your re-pasting of Craig’s final sentence reminds me: “Wowzers” might be the lamest way to express amazement I have ever read. Craig, are you sure you’re not an overly pierced, egregiously inked Brooklynite 20-something woman whose real occupation is “Ambience Specialist”? Cuz slang like “wowzers” and “ridic” goes over real big with that set.

      • raysfan1 - May 6, 2013 at 3:35 PM

        Nah, he is a child of the 1980’s and thus likely an Inspector Gadget fan.

  7. The Dangerous Mabry - May 6, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    This reminds me of the totally non-baseball related fact that the 10th US President John Tyler (president from 1841-1845) has grandsons who are still alive. These “boys” have first cousins who died in the civil war.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - May 6, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      I Ffgured for sure that was an urban legend – but I googled it and it is true!

      One of his grandsons is younger then George H.W. Bush, was was President 148 years after Tyler

      • cackalackyank - May 6, 2013 at 11:39 PM

        Yeah How many people can say “Hey my Grandpa was President of the USA, and was born in 1790.” ( When George Washington was President and nine years before Washington died.)

  8. breastfedted - May 6, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    “Wowzers”? Is Craig trying to be the Tool of the Year?

  9. barrywhererufrom - May 6, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    Lou Brissie a survivor from connie mack is a great story. Wounded in WW II he lost part of his leg. He came up with the Philadelphia. A’s before the war. Mack wrote him constantly as he recovered. Brissie did come back and pitch successfully with his injured leg.

    • deepstblu - May 6, 2013 at 3:05 PM

      A few years ago he was trying to help out younger veterans at the VA hospital near his home. Terrific story:

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