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Legendary New York Yankees Pitcher is Now Oldest MLB Player Alive

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By Erika John - - 5 Mins Read
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Art Schallock, the current oldest MLB player | YT

Art Schallock, who played for the New York Yankees from 1951 to 1954, is the oldest MLB player ever. He had an exceptional career and helped his team win three World Series titles.

The legendary New York Pitcher recently celebrated his 100th birthday on April 25, a significant milestone in the history of baseball.

Art Schallock was born in Mill Valley, California, on April 25, 1924, and grew up on the West Coast. He attended Tamalpais High School in his hometown and later attended the College of Marin in Kentfield, CA, to continue his education. His early years set the stage for his future success in baseball.

At 22, Art Schallock ventured eastward, joining the Brooklyn Dodgers as an amateur free agent before the start of the 1947 season.


Despite spending four seasons in the Dodgers' farm system, he never had the opportunity to play alongside legends like Jackie Robinson or experience the glory days of the Boys of Summer at Ebbets Field.

However, fate had a different plan for Art Schallock when Brooklyn traded him to the Yankees midway through the 1951 season.

In exchange for Bob Landeck, Eddie Malone, and cash, Schallock joined the storied Yankees franchise, where he would make his mark in baseball history.

Art Schallock, the oldest MLB player, began his professional career with the New York Yankees during a crucial pennant race.

Shortly after joining the team, he made his MLB debut, facing the Detroit Tigers. Despite a rough start, he quickly adapted and contributed quality innings as the season progressed.

Despite his efforts, he didn't play in the World Series, which the Yankees won, clinching their third consecutive pennant.

Following his debut season, Art Schallock spent most of 1952 and 1953 in the minors, only making brief appearances in the MLB. However, he got a chance to shine in the 1953 Fall Classic against the Dodgers, pitching two innings in Game 4.

Although the Yankees lost that game, they clinched the series, extending their record streak to five consecutive championships.

Despite his World Series performance, Art Schallock's opportunities remained limited in the regular season. In 1954 and 1955, he made only a handful of appearances before being claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles in May.

With the Orioles, he saw more consistent action, posting a 3-5 record with a 4.15 ERA in various roles, including a complete game.

Art Schallock concluded his professional baseball journey after the 1956 season with the Cincinnati Reds.

At age 32, he decided to retire, leaving behind a legacy that included a 6-7 record and a 4.02 ERA over 170 1/3 career innings.

Although his career may have been brief, it left a lasting impression. Art Schallock had the privilege of being a part of the Yankees' dominant dynasty in the 1950s.

Alongside legends like Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Whitey Ford, he contributed to the team's success on the field.

Despite his limited time in the spotlight, Art Schallock experienced the thrill of October baseball.

Even if it was just for a single day, he had the opportunity to pitch under the bright lights of postseason play, adding a memorable chapter to his career.

Art Schallock's final pitch in the MLB was thrown almost 70 years ago, but his impact remains.

Reaching the age of 100 is a remarkable achievement, and it is even more extraordinary to have been the oldest MLB player in history.