MLB TENURE AND AGE RECORDS

Major League Baseball Records for Tenure & Age

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.

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"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 in Major League Baseball

Decade Specific MLB Records

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

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

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
Tenure & Age Records | Research by Baseball Almanac
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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)?

Did you know that when Ted Williams stole a base on July 22, 1960 , he became the first player in basebal history to steal a base in four different decades? Only two players, since The Splended Splinter , have duplicated that feat, Rickey Henderson and Tim Raines !

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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