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Old guys rule


Old guys rule

According to pitcher Nick Altrock's player page, he last pitched regularly in the majors with the Washington Senators at the age of 41, but, for some reason, he threw another couple innings 6 years later at the age of 47. That same year, he got one AB, hitting a triple for a SLG AVG of 3.000 and an OPS of 4.000 for the year.

Five years later, at the age of 52, he got another plate appearance, again getting a hit his only time up that year, this time a single, but again, a 1.000 Batting Average for the year.

Another two years later, at the age of 54, he got another plate appearance, this time drawing a walk. A 1.000 OBP (and OPS) for the season. What a streak! Unfortunately, he tried to steal second and was thrown out. At age 54, I'm not surprised.

He had one more AB two years later, at the age of 56, but he couldn't keep his streak alive, going 0-1 on the season. At least he didn't get a chance to try to steal second again.

So, over a 9-year stretch, from 1924 to 1933, from the ages of 47 to 56, Altrock went 2-3 with a triple and a walk. That's a .667 (AVG), .750 (OBP), 1.333 (SLG), and 2.083 (OPS).

Bet you can't find anyone in MLB History with a better stat line over a 9-year period. Great job, Nick!

Oh, and he's also got one of the all-time ugliest mugs in baseball history. Check out his pic on Baseball Reference. He's no Sam West, that's for sure. Poor guy.

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Here's one for the young guy's. 1963 ,18 year old John Paciorek went 3-3 his only major league game, leaving him with a carreer 1.000 avg , 1.000 obp , 2.000 ops. Maybe that's who the 9 guys that didn't vote for Hank to make the hall were comparing him to.

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Wow I hope to hit .667 between the ages of 47 and 56 in a slow pitch softball league. I hope I don't have to look like a goblin to do it.

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Speaking of mugs , check out Don Mossi !!! His Topps cards from the 60's are sought after because of how bad his ears were. Was a decent pitcher. Lifetime record 101-80

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I don't remember John, but I do remember his brother Tom Paciorek who had a solid major league career. He batted over .300 a few times, and stayed in the show for 18 years.

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not only did he get 3 hits, he also drew 2 walks

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Even stranger is the fact he never played another game

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That's exactly what I was thinking. There wasn't one G.M. out there who thought "hey, maybe this guy just thrives under the pressure of the big lights of the MLB, and he'll be the next .400 hitter"? Weird. You've got to at least let him keep going until someone gets him out, right? I wonder what the rest of the story is.

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Looked him up. Seems John suffered from debilitating back problems resulting in spine fusion surgery.

The most interesting items I found regarded how many extended family played professional baseball. Not as successfully as the Alou family but obviously they have the baseball bug (and genes).

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There was a third Paciorek, Jim. Played one year.

Nothing amazing with him, but in his one season he did play 1B, 3B, LF, RF, DH, he pinch hit and he pinch ran.

(Seems like instead of ruling, this old guy has too much time on his hands. lol)

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I checked his page on baseball-reference. Looks like Nick Altrock was the Don Mossi of the deadball era...

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A bit off-topic, but on the subject of Dempsey's point on "baseball genetics"...

I'm a father of six, with the oldest graduating this year, so it got to me to thinking. None of us can of course predict what our children's future aspirations not ambitions may be. Now while environment (impoverished country where baseball is LIFE and escape) and familiarity (oldest opens the door) of course play their role, say you're Mama and Papa Molina (The Fabulous Catching Molina's, Jose, Bengie, and Yadier) for example...

Any given time, MLB's 30 teams. Carrying 2-3 catchers minimum per 25/40-man roster. So there's roughly 60-90 MLB catching slots per season.

What do you think the probability/likelihood actually is on birthing or fathering not one, not two, but THREE MLB catchers all on big league rosters simultaneously? Even if they only ever 'all crossed over' in the course of a single season..the odds.

There's a household that most likely preached "reading, writing, and pitch framing" lol

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If you also remember, or not familiar with Hockey there was also 6 brothers playing simultaneously in the NHL in the 1980's.
Brian,Darryl,Duane,Brent,Ron&Rich Sutter... All of them were good players too....with darryl being the only one playing less than 10 seasons... he played 8th...

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Yes, Plpl. All good Canadians remember the Sutter boys, for sure.

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Don’t forget about the Alou brothers Matty . Felipe and Jesus all played in the OF together for the SF Giants!