October 17, 1915 |
Old Greenwich, Connecticut
|September 19, 1942 for the Boston Braves|
Last MLB appearance
|September 27, 1953 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Runs batted in||31|
Michael Joseph Sandlock (born October 17, 1915) is a former utility player in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams from 1942 to 1953. Listed at 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 180 lb., he was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He was born in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Since the death of Connie Marrero on April 23, 2014, Sandlock has been the oldest living former major league player, as well as the oldest living former member of the Atlanta Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Pittsburgh Pirates.
Basically a catcher, Sandlock also saw action at shortstop and at second and third base. He entered the majors in 1942 with the Boston Braves, spending one year with them before serving during World War II (1943). After his discharge, he returned to Boston (1944) and later played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1945–46). He also spent time in the Pacific Coast League with the Hollywood Stars (1949–1952) and returned to the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1953, his last major league year. His most productive season came in 1945 with Brooklyn, when he hit .282 with two home runs and 17 runs batted in in 80 games played, all career-highs.
He was an active golfer into old age and stays very active in the BAAT organization, which helps older baseball players who do not have health insurance and may need some medical assistance. Sandlock and Warren Spahn were roommates and they were called up together by the Braves in September 1942.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- BR Bullpen
- "At 97, the Oldest Living Brooklyn Dodger Reflects," by LOUIE LAZAR, The New York Times, April 3, 2013
|Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
April 23, 2014 – present