Tenure and Age Records

Major League Baseball Records for Tenure, Age & Positions

Baseball Almanac is pleased to present a record book full of baseball milestones for tenure and age related items including multi-decade players, consecutive years pitching and positional record holders.

"Over the course of 22 seasons he ( Nick Altrock ) would alternate between the 'coacher's box' and the mound and the batter's box, appearing 14 times as pitcher and 14 more times as a pinch hitter." - Author Bert Sugar in The Great Baseball Players from McGraw to Mantle (Dover Publishers, 01/28/1997, Page 6)
Tenure & Age Records

4 Decade Players & 5 Decade Players | Research by Baseball Almanac

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Data

4 Decade Players

ML
4
1879-1904
1969-1990
1906-1930
1969-1992
1969-1993
1888-1912
1989-2010
1979-2003
1959-1983
1959-1980
1959-1980
1884-1912
1978-2002
1986-2012
1929-1953
1887-1910
1979-2003
1876-1904
1909-1933
1979-2002
1969-1990
1889-1913
1966-1993
1939-1960
1989-2012
1939-1960
1939-1963

5 Decade Players

ML
5
1898-1933
1949-1980
Tenure & Age Records

Team & Positional Records | Research by Baseball Almanac

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Data

Most Consecutive
Years On Same Team

AL
23

Baltimore

Boston

NL
22

Chicago

New York

Most Consecutive
Years Pitching

AL
22
1914-1935
NL
23
1986-2008
ML
26
1968-1993

Most Consecutive
Years Played

AL
25
1906-1930
NL
24
1963-1986
ML
26
1968-1993

Most Teams
Played For
In A Career

( Bold = MLB Records)

AL
8

Boston

Texas

New York

Seattle

California

Baltimore

Kansas City

Toronto

NL
9

Troy

Buffalo

Detroit

Boston

Brooklyn

Baltimore

Louisville

Philadelphia

New York

ML
14
Los Angeles (NL)
Tampa Bay (AL)
Detroit (AL)
Arizona (NL)
Chicago (AL)
St. Louis (NL)
Washington (NL)
Chicago (NL)
Atlanta (NL)
Miami (NL)
San Diego (NL)
Baltimore (AL)
Oakland (AL)
Toronto (AL)
13
New York (NL)
Houston (NL)
Oakland (AL)
New York (AL)
Kansas City (AL)
Atlanta (NL)
Arizona (AL)
Colorado (NL)
Los Angeles (NL)
Pittsburgh (NL)
Toronto (AL)
St. Louis (NL)
Detroit (AL)
12

Toledo (AA)

Cleveland (AA)

Rochester (AA)

Washington (AA)

Detroit (NL)

Philadelphia (NL)

Washington (NL)

Brooklyn (NL)

Detroit (AL)

New York (AL)

Boston (AL)

Cleveland (AL)

12

Oakland (AL)

New York (AL)

Toronto (AL)

Seattle (AL)

Baltimore (AL)

Los Angeles (NL)

Arizona (NL)

St. Louis (NL)

Cincinnati (NL)

Minnesota (AL)

Texas (AL)

Arizona (NL)

12

Montreal (NL)

Boston (AL)

Oakland (AL)

Chicago (NL)

Milwaukee (NL)

Pittsburgh (NL)

Kansas City (AL)

Texas (AL)

Detroit (AL)

Toronto (AL)

Philadelphia (NL)

San Diego (NL)

Most Teams
Played For
In A Season

AL
4
1955
1904
1951
NL
4
1892
ML
5
2018
4
1884
1884
1940
1972
1961
1977
2000
2003
2004
2013
2016

Most Teams
Played For
On The Same Day

AL

Too Many To List

1
n/a
NL
2
05-30-1922 (Gm 1)
05-30-1922 (Gm 2)
05-30-1922 (Gm 1)
05-30-1922 (Gm 2)

08-04-1982 (Gm 1)

08-04-1982 (Gm 2)

Most Years
Catcher

AL
24
NL
21
ML
25

Most Years
First Base

AL
20
NL
22

Most Years
Outfield

AL
24
NL
22
ML
25

Most Years
Pitcher

AL
23
NL
23
ML
27

Most Years
Second Base

AL
21
NL
21
ML
22

Most Years
Shortstop

AL
20
20
20
NL
20
ML
23

Most Years
Third Base

AL
23
NL
18

Most Years Pitched
On Same Team

AL
21

Washington

Chicago

NL
21

Milwaukee / Atlanta

Most Years Played
In A Career

AL
25
NL
24
ML
27

Most Years Played
On Same Team

AL
23

Baltimore

Boston

NL
22

Chicago

St. Louis

New York

Tenure & Age Records

Oldest & Youngest Records | Research by Baseball Almanac

Record
Lg
Name(s)
Age
First Game

Oldest Pitcher

AL

59 (02m18d)

NL

50 (00m06d)

Oldest Player

AL

59 (02m18d)

NL

54 (00m21d)

09-22-1904

Oldest Rookie

AL

42 (00m02d)

NL

41 (07m14d)

Youngest Pitcher

AL

16 (08m05d)

NL

15 (10m11d)

Youngest Player
Non-Pitcher

AL

16 (11m20d)

NL

16 (01m27d)

06-12-1883

Record

Lg

Name(s)

Age

First Game

Tenure & Age Records by Baseball Almanac, Inc.



The youngest player in the entire history of the Major Leagues once went to "Fred Chapman" of Philadelphia of the American Association. He was supposedly born November 24, 1872 and appeared in his first Major League game on July 22, 1887, at the age of fourteen (exactly: 14 years 7 months 28 days). However, in March 2009 research based on data from the Sporting Life newspaper revealed that it was not Fred Chapman, but rather a (27 year old) player named Frank Chapman .

Did you know that Sam Jones , Pete Appleton , Bobo Newsom and Bill Wight each pitched for six of the eight possible American League teams (during their era)?

Ted Gray is the only pitcher in American League history to pitch on four different American League teams ( 1955 Chicago White Sox , 1955 Cleveland Indians , 1955 New York Yankees & 1955 Baltimore Orioles ) during the same season.

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