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The Last Of Their Kind

Posted by Steve Lombardi on January 27, 2010

Via Baseball-Reference.com's Play Index Batting Season Finder, we can see that there were a few non-pitchers to play last season who were born in the 1960's:

Rk Player Born PA Year Age Tm Lg G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO HBP SH SF GDP SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS Pos
1 Brad Ausmus 1969 107 2009 40 LAD NL 36 95 9 28 4 0 1 9 5 0 21 2 5 0 1 1 0 .295 .343 .368 .712 *2
2 So Taguchi 1969 12 2009 39 CHC NL 6 11 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .333 .364 .697 /*79
3 Ken Griffey 1969 454 2009 39 SEA AL 117 387 44 83 19 0 19 57 63 2 80 1 0 3 6 0 0 .214 .324 .411 .735 *D/79
4 Matt Stairs 1968 129 2009 41 PHI NL 99 103 15 20 4 0 5 17 23 3 30 3 0 0 0 0 0 .194 .357 .379 .735 /97D
5 Gary Sheffield 1968 312 2009 40 NYM NL 100 268 44 74 13 2 10 43 40 3 46 2 0 2 10 2 1 .276 .372 .451 .823 79/D
6 Omar Vizquel 1967 195 2009 42 TEX AL 62 177 17 47 7 2 1 14 13 0 27 0 5 0 0 4 0 .266 .316 .345 .660 654
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 1/27/2010.

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But, what about the 1950's? Who was the last non-pitcher to play in the big leagues who was born in the 1950's? The answer: Julio Franco.

And, who was the last non-pitcher to play in the big leagues who was born in the 1940's? That would be Carlton Fisk.

The 1930's? Carl Yastrzemski. The 1920's? Other than stunt-stuff like Minnie Minoso, that would be Elston Howard.

This is just one of the fun things you can do "playing" around with Play Index...just by running a few simple queries.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, January 27th, 2010 at 2:08 pm and is filed under Season Finders. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

5 Responses to “The Last Of Their Kind”

  1. why only non-pitchers? i guess there are still many pitchers who are still playing who were born in the 60's, but why did you take them out? i hate seeing a list of old ballplayers without jamie moyer.

  2. Okay, take it easy. Control yourself.

  3. Just for fun, four of the six (Ausmus / Griffey / Stairs / Vizquel) are signed with MLB organizations for 2010; one (Taguchi) is signed to return to the Japanese major league in 2010; and one (Sheffield) remains an un-signed free agent.

  4. I never realized that Sheffield played pretty decently last season.

  5. I'm pretty sure Julio Franco is still playing! :)