Ex-Yankees pitcher turns 100, becomes MLB’s oldest living player

Ex-Yankees pitcher celebrates his 100th birthday with his family on Thursday, April 25, 2024

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A former player of the New York Yankees reached a remarkable milestone this past Thursday. Celebrating a century of life, Art Schallock, Major League Baseball’s oldest living player at 100, is a legendary figure known for his tenure as a left-handed pitcher for both the Yankees and Orioles during the 1950s. Schallock’s milestone birthday was commemorated at Cogir on Napa Road, a senior living facility in Sonoma, California, where he now resides.

Art Schallock and the Yankees

ormer New York Yankees pitcher Art Schallock celebrated his 100th birthday on April 25, 2024.
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The event featured cherished memorabilia from his playing days, autograph sessions, and a festive atmosphere with staff donning Yankees attire, serving themed cake, and rolling out a literal red carpet in his honor.

Reflecting on his time with the Yankees, which included three World Series victories, Art Schallock expressed gratitude for the rich experiences he’s had throughout his life during an interview with MLB.com. “Those were some great times,” he reminisced.

His time donning the Yankees shirt is quite unique. And to talk about it, it’s time to turn back to the clock and remind that In 1951, Schallock was traded to the Yankees and made his debut for the team on July 16, 1951. He replaced Mantle at the time as the Yankees were optioning the future Hall of Famer to make room for Schallock.

Former New York Yankees pitcher Art Schallock celebrated his 100th birthday on April 25, 2024.

Schallock pitched for the Kansas City Blues in 1953 then was called up by the Yankees once again that July. He ended up pitching in Game 4 of the 1953 World Series and allowed one run in two innings of work.

Who is Art Schallock?

Born in Mill Valley, California, on April 25, 1924, Schallock’s journey to baseball stardom was preceded by service in the Navy during World War II, where he served aboard the USS Coral Sea, earning accolades for his bravery in battles such as Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

Following his military service, Schallock transitioned back to civilian life, initially playing semi-professional baseball in San Francisco before catching the attention of the Dodgers, with whom he spent Spring Training in 1947 alongside legends like Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.

His journey to the major leagues continued when the Yankees acquired him in 1951, where he found himself rooming with the iconic Yogi Berra, learning invaluable pitching strategies from the seasoned veteran.

Over his career, Schallock amassed significant pitching statistics, with notable moments including his call-up by the Yankees in 1951, a season that famously saw a brief demotion of future legend Mickey Mantle. Reflecting on that incident, Schallock shared humorous anecdotes about his interactions with Mantle over the years, including a memorable encounter where Mantle hit a towering home run against him during his time with the Orioles.

Schallock finished up his career pitching for the Baltimore Orioles before announcing his retirement following the 1955 season. In total, he pitched in 58 MLB games (14 as a starting pitcher) and tallied a 6-7 record with a 4.02 ERA in 170 1/3 innings. He finished his career with three World Series rings from 1951 to 1953.

Schallock’s legacy extends beyond his achievements on the field; he inherited the distinction of being the oldest living MLB player following the passing of George Elder in 2022. Wendy Cornejo, executive director of the senior living community where Schallock resides, emphasized his enduring passion for baseball and the joy he finds in recounting his storied career.

As Schallock enters his second century of life, his milestone birthday serves as a testament to a lifetime filled with thrilling victories, enduring friendships, and the timeless love of America’s favorite pastime.

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