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2007-05-04 20:18
by Bob Timmermann

Gopher balls that is.

In the second inning tonight at Chase Field in Phoenix, 48-year old Julio Franco homered off of 43-year old Randy Johnson. That's 91 years in total on that homer.

I'm going with that as the oldest pitcher-hitter pair until I find out otherwise. So far other "old pairs" I've found include a 36-year old Eddie Joost homering off a 46-year old Satchel Paige in 1953 and a 39-year old Cy Williams homering off of a 43-year old Babe Adams in 1926. Those both add up to 82 years.

Each homer Franco hits adds to his record for "oldest player to hit a home run."

2007-05-04 22:05:02
1.   joejoejoe
More oldies - 7/25/93, 36-year old Paul Molitor homers off of 46-year old Nolan Ryan.

I found a fun trivia question when looking at Nolan Ryan's last season.

Q: Who was the last player to hit a home run against Nolan Ryan?
A: Mariner LF Dann Howitt

You have to give the Mariners credit for sending Nolan Ryan out in style. Here's the line from his last start on the last day of the 1993 season.

Ryan 0IP 2H 5R 5ER 4BB 0K 1HR


2007-05-04 22:22:39
2.   joejoejoe
I think the only way to top Johnson/Franco would be against the Phillies and Jamie Moyer. If Roger Clemens comes back then that would top Moyer 3 months.

Any idea on who the youngest pair would be?

2007-05-04 22:57:46
3.   Bob Timmermann
In 1956, 16-year old Jim Derrington served up a homer to 23-year Lou Skizas.

In 1934, 17-year old Phil Cavarretta homered off of 21-year old Whitey Wistert.

2007-05-04 23:01:23
4.   das411
I found a 22-year-old Robby Cano (who it seems has the same bday as I share with my grandfather, Ichiro!, and quite a few others) homering off of a 19 year old King Felix in this game:

The combined 41 years seems like a lot until you realize Felix was the youngest starter in MLB since, I vaguely remember hearing, Jose Rijo in 1985...?

Bob, is this a mission for you or for Mike C?

2007-05-04 23:02:45
5.   das411
Oh cmon, not fair! Joe^3, didn't you mean active players? Or...some other distinguishing criteria that justifies my looking that up WHILE Bob posted?
2007-05-04 23:20:11
6.   joejoejoe
4 You did well.

Bob is like a Jedi. You can't beat him unless his mind is clouded by the dark side.

2007-05-04 23:29:34
7.   Bob Timmermann
I've had a lot of coffee today and a desire to keep busy.

But Mike C will have the final word.

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