List of oldest professional athletes by sport

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The following is a list of sport's oldest professional athletes. Active athletes are in italics.

Sport Name Age Played Year Retired
Aggressive Inline Skating Jon Julio[1] 34 years 2011
American football George Blanda[2] 48 years, 109 days 1976
Association football Salvador Reyes[3] 71 years (substituted after first kick) 2008
Australian rules football Sampson Hosking (SANFL)
Wally Watts (WAFL)
48 years, 159 days (interchange only)
44 years, 49 days
1936
1916
Auto racing Hershel McGriff 81 years 2009[4]
Baseball Satchel Paige 59 years, 350 days 1966
Basketball (Men's) Robert Jaworski[5] 52 years 1998
Basketball (Women's) Nancy Lieberman[6] 50 years 2008
Bodybuilding Albert Beckles[7] 53 years 1991
Boxing Saoul Mamby 60 years 2008
Cricket (Tests) Wilfred Rhodes 52 years 1930
Cricket (First-class) Raja Maharaj Singh 72 years 1950
Cycling Jeannie Longo 48 years 2007
Golf Gary Player 73 years 2009
Ice hockey Gordie Howe 69 years (played 1 shift) 1980
Lacrosse John Tavares 47 years 2015
Mixed Martial Arts Skip Hall[8] 64 years 2008
Rugby League Billy Wilson 40 years, 5 days 1967
Snooker Fred Davis 78 years 1992
Surfing Kelly Slater 45 years Active
Tennis Martina Navratilova 49 years 2006
Volleyball Karch Kiraly 46 years 2007
International Darts John Magowan 76 years Active
Track and Field Stanisław Kowalski[9] 106 years 1974

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