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Odds-n-Ends :: Old Sports Records

In 1909, Arthur Gore was the Wimbledon men’s singles champion at age 41, still the oldest player ever to win a major tennis tournament.

In 1912, Oscar Swahn won an Olympic gold medal at age 64 as a member of Sweden’s running deer single-shot team. He won a silver medal eight years later in a similar team event at age 72.

In 1932, pitcher Jack Quinn won a major league game just two months after his 49th birthday, a record before Jamie Moyer motored past it this spring.

In 1948, Satchel Paige became the oldest rooking in major league baseball at age 42.

In 1965, Sam Snead won the Greater Greensboro Open at age 52 years and 10 months, becoming the oldest player ever to win a PGA Tour event.

In 1980, Gordie Howe scored the final goal of his storied NHL career at age 52 for the Hartford Whalers, a stunning 34 years after his NHL debut in 1946.

In 1997, longtime Boston Celtics center Robert Parish played a reserve role for the Chicago Bulls and managed to crack the starting lineup on three occasions. His final start set the record for age at 43 years and 118 days.

In 2004, Martina Navratilova became the oldest player to win a professional singles tennis match when she cruised to a straight sets victory in the first round at Wimbledon at age 47 and eight months.

In 2007, Vinny Testaverde led the Carolina Panthers to a 31-14 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, becoming the oldest starting quarterback to win an NFL game at 44 years and 19 days.

(World Magazine, 2012)

Issue:Volume 12 :: Issue 06

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