Swings and misses

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1955 Bowman

One of the 100-oldest-living players, Howie Judson went 17-37 with 14 saves over seven seasons in the majors. He lost 14 games for the Chicago White Sox in 1949 but had a better year in 1950 when he appeared in 46 games and posted a 3.94 ERA. The White Sox sent him to the Cincinnati Reds in 1953. He pitched two years there to conclude his big-league run.

1956 Topps

Another of the 100-oldest-living ballplayers, Johnny Groth played for 15 seasons, hitting .279 with 60 home runs. Groth hit .293 with 11 home runs and 73 RBIs as a rookie for the Detroit Tigers in 1949, finishing fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year vote. He hit .306 with 12 home runs and 85 RBIs the following season as he also led the AL in games played (157). Groth would eventually go on to play for the St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators and Kansas City A’s before returning to the Tigers in 1957 to finish his career.

1974 Topps

A 10-game winner for the San Diego Padres in 1973, Bill Greif pitched for six years in the majors, working for the Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals as well as the Padres. His career record was 31-67 with 19 saves and a 4.41 ERA.

Finally, the oldest living player, Chuck Stevens, returned the survey with a note that he is not signing anything at the moment. I suppose this applies to filling out questionnaires as well. But, I must give him a break. He is 100-years old. Our letter to another of the 100-oldest, Chuck Harmon, was returned as the address we had for him was no longer valid.

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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