Four-Decade Players

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They're the kings of durability: players who appeared in four different calendar decades. Many of these guys are Hall of Famers, but some are just better-than-average players who worked hard and stayed healthy for a very long time.

Remarkably, out of the 32 players on the list, four - Dempsey, Fisk, McCarver, and Nomura - got there despite playing what is arguably the most physically demanding position on the field; catcher.

The list includes players active at the major league level in the United States or Japan for at least one game in each of four different decades; in many cases, the feat was only achieved thanks to a token appearance at the end of a player's career, or a cup of coffee at the beginning of such.

Minnie Minoso and Nick Altrock are the only players to appear in five different decades.

1980s-2010s[edit]

1970s-2000s[edit]

1960s-1990s[edit]

1950s-1980s[edit]

1940s-1970s[edit]

1930s-1960s[edit]

1920s-1950s[edit]

1910s-1940s[edit]

None

1900s-1930s[edit]

1890s-1920s[edit]

1880s-1910s[edit]

1870s-1900s[edit]

Further Reading[edit]

  • Andrew Simon and David Adler: "These players' careers spanned 4 decades", mlb.com, November 22, 2018. [1]