May 12, 2011

Wakefield: Oldest Player To Wear Red Sox Uniform

With his relief appearance on Wednesday in Toronto, Tim Wakefield - at the age of 44 years, 282 days - became the oldest player to play in a game for the Boston Red Sox.

Deacon McGuire had held that distinction since making one pinch-hit appearance for the Red Sox against the St. Louis Browns on August 24, 1908 (44 years, 280 days). McGuire managed the Red Sox for the final 106 games in 1907 and the first 115 games of the 1908 season; oddly, his plate appearance came in Game #116.

McGuire was a catcher for most of his career, playing for parts of 26 seasons, although for his final four seasons (1907-08, 1910, 1912) he made only 16 plate appearances over 11 games.

1 comment:

Amy said...

Is this his only record with the Sox?

I think Wake is a trooper--has always been willing to go in and take one for the team. I will be sad when he retires and hope he does so without going to another team.