Swings and misses

1953 Bowman

One of the 100-oldest-living players, Tommy Brown spent nine seasons playing in the majors. He came up as a 16-year old with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1944 and stuck around for 1945 as well. With World War II over, Brown was out of pro ball in 1946 but came back to the Dodgers the following season. He spent five more years in Brooklyn, then finished his career with stints with the Philadelphia Phillies and Chicago Cubs. A versatile player, Brown played both the infield and outfield during his MLB tenure. He finished with a ..241 average, 31 home runs and 159 RBIs in 494 games.


Another of the 100-oldest, Paul Hinrichs appeared in four games for the Boston Red Sox in 1951. He threw three innings and gave up eight runs. Hinrichs complete pro career lasted from 1946-1951.

1976 Topp

An all star in 1973 and 1977, Ron Fairly spent 21 playing in the majors. He was with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1958-1969 then the Montreal Expos, St. Louis Cardinals, Oakland A’s, Toronto Blue Jays and California Angels. He hit 215 home runs. He was later a broadcaster for the Dodgers, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners. Fairly has written a book about his career called Fairly At Bat. It is available on Amazon.

1978 Topps

Joe Nolan caught for 11 years in the big leagues from 1972-1985. A backup, Nolan played for four different teams but spent the most time with the Atlanta Braves. He was a career .263 hitter with 27 home runs.

1979 Topps

We actually took a run at Bill Lee about a decade ago, so he has an entry here. It is, in fact, one of the most entertaining replies we’ve ever received. However, if you are familiar with it (and you really should be. Seriously, click the link!) you know Lee did not answer our questions. He simply sweated on the questionnaire and returned to cutting his grass. So, we gave it another shot, hoping maybe he was not doing yard work. Unfortunately it did not work out. He signed the card, but did not return the survey.

Our letter to Tom Jordan, another of the 100 oldest, was returned due to his death. Letters sent to Ray Fosse and Dwight Evans came back marked return to sender.

Published by Chris

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

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