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Old 10-24-2021, 07:31 AM
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Default Earliest World Series Champion with a living member

Eddie Robinson was the last surviving member of the 1948 Cleveland Indians championship team until his recent passing. I haven't looked it up, but I can't believe there are any surviving players from earlier Champions. Does anybody know the earliest World Series team to still have a surviving player?

Given their dominance at the time, I'm guessing it's just a question of the oldest living Yankee...
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Old 10-24-2021, 09:30 AM
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I believe it is Art Schallock at 97 years old, he pitched two innings for the Yankees in 1953 against the Dodgers in Game 4, he was in a mop up role finishing the game allowing one run in a Dodgers win 7-3. ETA, I kind of misunderstood the question but I believe it's still the correct answer, the 1953 Yankees with Schallock. Willie Mays, Billy Gardner and Al Worthington were on the 1954 Giants, Carl Erskine, Roger Craig were on the 1955 Dodgers, Billy Hunter was on the 1956 Yankees. Correction, it would technically be the 1951 Yankees, although he didn't pitch in the 1951 World Series Schallock did appear in 11 games for them that year.
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Old 10-24-2021, 12:07 PM
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Eddie Robinson was the last surviving member of the 1948 Cleveland Indians championship team until his recent passing. I haven't looked it up, but I can't believe there are any surviving players from earlier Champions. Does anybody know the earliest World Series team to still have a surviving player?

Given their dominance at the time, I'm guessing it's just a question of the oldest living Yankee...
Actually, some guys on the old Brooklyn Dodgers WS teams are still above ground. Tommy Brown was on the team's rosters in 1947 and 1949, Carl Erskine was also on the 1949 team, and Bobby Morgan was on the 1952 Dodgers. A more remarkable thing - given the relative positions of the teams in the period - is that a member of the 1950 Philadelphia Phillies is still with us - Curt Simmons.
Morgan, at 95, is the oldest of the four, and Simmons at 92 is the youngest.

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Old 10-24-2021, 03:49 PM
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Kind of interesting that guys who went by diminutives are apparently long-lived - Tommy Brown, Billy Gardner, Eddie Basinski, Bobby Morgan, Bobby Shantz,...Bobby Brown died just last March...all in their nineties. Maybe I'll start insisting that people call me "Stevie."
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Old 10-24-2021, 11:25 PM
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The Dodgers didn't win in any of those years listed and I believe the question was a World Champion team. I don't know the answer off hand, but the Dodgers have a handful left from the 55 team.

The Dodgers still have 13 living members, 9 of which are into their 90s...

Eddie Basinski 11-4-22 (98) - 1944
Tim Thompson 3-1-24 (97) - 1954
Chris Haughey 9-3-25 (96) - 1943
Bobby Morgan 6-29-26 (95) - 1950
Carl Erskine 12-13-26 (94) - 1948
Tommy Brown 12-6-27 (93) - 1944
Joe Pignatano 8-4-29 (92) - 1957
Roger Craig 2-17-30 (91) - 1955
Fred Kipp 10-1-31 (90) - 1957
Jim Gentile 6-3-34 (87) - 1957
Don Demeter 6-25-35 (86) - 1956
Sandy Koufax 12-30-35 (85) - 1955
Bob Aspromonte 6-19-38 (83) - 1956
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Old 10-25-2021, 10:38 AM
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To clear up my earlier post this is what I came up with on earliest World Series winners with still living players, 1951-53 Yankees Art Schallock, 1954 Giants Willie Mays, Al Worthington, Billy Gardner, 1955 Dodgers Carl Erskine, Roger Craig, Sandy Koufax (how did I miss him?). I may have missed a still living player like I did with Koufax.
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