On ESPN radio in New York there was some discussion tonight that no team had won a World Series with a starting shortstop 35 or older since 1955. (The fact that Derek Jeter turns 35 next year was the basis for the discussion.) This surprised me, so I used PI to check. Here all the shortstops 35+ who have started a game in a world series and won.
Skeeter Webb 1945 4 Ind. Games Honus Wagner 1909 4 Ind. Games Phil Rizzuto 1952 4 Ind. Games Phil Rizzuto 1953 4 Ind. Games Pee Wee Reese 1955 4 Ind. Games Bill Dahlen 1905 4 Ind. Games Phil Rizzuto 1955 3 Ind. Games Pee Wee Reese 1956 3 Ind. Games Pee Wee Reese 1953 2 Ind. Games George Davis 1906 2 Ind. Games Monte Cross 1905 1 Ind. Games Mike Bordick 2000 1 Ind. Games Mark Belanger 1979 1 Ind. Games
The teams with 4 wins won the world series. The teams with less wins did not. (They could have, if the player hadn't started every game, but that was not the case.) There have been 6 world series won by shortstops 35 or older. In 3 of those, the opposing shortstop was also 35+. No one has done it since 1955.
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