Yankees welcome Art Schallock ahead of Game 3 vs. Giants

Yankees received special visit from art schallock, mlb's oldest living player on sunday, june 2, 2024
Amanda Paula
Sunday June 2, 2024

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Before the third game against the San Francisco Giants, the New York Yankees were honored with a visit from a living legend: Art Schallock. Schallock, who recently celebrated his 100th birthday in April, met with the players and manager Aaron Boone, marking a significant moment as a living connection to the rich history of the game stepped onto the field.

Oldest living MLB player, Art Schallock, shares connection the Yankees

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Art Schallock, now the oldest living MLB player at 100 years old, shared some of his experiences with Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. Schallock, who played with Yankees’ legends like Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle from 1951 to 1955, recounted facing the toughest hitter of his career, Ted Williams, and how he managed to get him out: “Junk!”

A native of the Bay Area, Art Schallock attended Tamalpais High in Mill Valley and the College of Marin before making his MLB debut on July 16, 1951, as the 10,823rd major league player. He pitched 2 2/3 innings for the Yankees that day in Detroit and earned his first career win exactly one month later in Washington.

As a left-hander, Art Schallock made his mark in baseball history with three World Series wins from 1951 to 1953. Despite only pitching in the 1953 Series, he made a significant impact by retiring Brooklyn’s Jackie Robinson during a two-inning outing in Game 4. These achievements are celebrated and remembered as part of his storied career.

Over five seasons, Art Schallock went 6-7 with a 4.02 ERA in 58 games and 14 starts with the Yankees and Orioles. According to the NY Post, he still wears one of his World Series rings regularly on his pitching hand.

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Following Art Schallock’s visit, the New York Yankees geared up for their third game against the San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park, scheduled for 4:05 PM EST this Sunday.

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