Comments on: Something To Root For In ’09? How’bout Another Year For Billy Werber & Lonny Frey? http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/951 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Bill Werber Passes Away : WasWatching.com http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/951/comment-page-1#comment-5903 Fri, 23 Jan 2009 04:09:48 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=951#comment-5903 [...] the story. I’m pretty sure this makes Lonny Frey the oldest living ex-Yankee. January 22, 2009 | Filed Under Yankees [...]

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By: Raphy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/951/comment-page-1#comment-5810 Sun, 04 Jan 2009 04:23:21 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=951#comment-5810 The following numbers are not exact. I subtracted birth year from death year to get my "age".

I compared players who had at least 3000 career PA and were no longer alive. The top 200 in OPS+ lived an average of 67.52 years. The bottom 200 lived an average of 71.69 years.

The average lifespan of the 144 HOF who are no longer alive was 71.68 years.
Al Lopez who died at 97 in 2005 was the oldest Hall of Famer ever. Currently, Bobby Doerr and Bob Feller are the oldest living Hall of Famers at the age of 90. ( http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/xCzZ )

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By: JohnnyTwisto http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/951/comment-page-1#comment-5808 Fri, 02 Jan 2009 22:48:35 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=951#comment-5808 I do seem to recall once seeing a study that determined that "successful" people (in all walks of life) die earlier, on average. I don't think this was just looking at people who earn law degrees and make six figures with a happy family, who you'd expect might live longer, as presumably they had a healthy childhood. It was more about the very upper echelon -- presidents and the like. Maybe whatever it takes to reach the pinnacle of whatever one chooses to do also causes one to eventually break down sooner than expected.

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By: Tom Clancy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/951/comment-page-1#comment-5807 Fri, 02 Jan 2009 19:58:34 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=951#comment-5807 How strange. Do good players die earlier? They made more money and spent it on booze?

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By: Steve Lombardi http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/951/comment-page-1#comment-5804 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 21:06:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=951#comment-5804 See: http://www.bb-ref.com/pi/shareit/4Upg

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By: Tom Clancy http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/951/comment-page-1#comment-5803 Wed, 31 Dec 2008 20:25:49 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/sotd/?p=951#comment-5803 If you set death_year>=2005 or so, do they start to move down the ranks? How far back before they're not the best oldest players?

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