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)
Decade Specific MLB Records
Team & Positional Records | Research by Baseball Almanac
In A Career
( Bold = MLB Records)
Oldest & Youngest Records | Research by Baseball Almanac
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 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.