Longevity in sport



  • I know that Brad Thorn played into his early 40's, but I just read about this Japanese soccer player who has just been signed up for another season and will be playing aged 51.

    One of the longest careers in soccer has been extended after 50-year-old striker Kazuyoshi Miura renewed his contract with second-division J-League club Yokohama FC on Thursday.
    
    Miura, who will turn 51 on Feb. 26, will enter his 33rd season this year.
    
    Miura played in 12 league games last year and scored one goal, breaking his own record as the J-League's oldest scorer.
    
    Miura joined Yokohama FC in 2005 and became the oldest player to appear in a professional match at the age of 50 years and seven days last March, catching global media attention by surpassing England legend Stanley Matthews' longevity record.
    
    Nicknamed "King Kazu," Miura played for Brazilian club Santos and in Italy with Genoa earlier in his career, and represented Japan's national team 89 times, scoring 55 goals.
    

    https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20180111/p2g/00m/0sp/069000c



  • Jaromir Jagr is in the news today. The Mullet is looking for a trade, still playing in the National Hockey League at 45. Greatest Euro hockey playeer ever? (Probably.) Won his first Stanley Cup 27 years ago; won an Olympic Gold Medal 20 years ago. Last year he played 88 games (82 regular season + 6 playoffs). He’s made well over $100-million in his career, but still hungry, wants more. (I think he has a gambling problem.)



  • Manu Ginobli going well in the NBA at 40. Vince Carter still getting game time as well and is a touch older than Manu.



  • Wasn't there a pommy goalkeeper that was still playing internationals into his 40s?



  • @crucial said in Longevity in sport:

    Wasn't there a pommy goalkeeper that was still playing internationals into his 40s?

    Are you thinking of that Irish goalie Shay Given who was at Stoke? He’s in his 40s.



  • Peter Shilton.



  • @crucial

    As above.



  • Ric Flair was still taking hard bumps into his 60s.



  • In cricket Misbah-ul-Haq for Pakistan played his last match when he was nearly 43, which is a pretty amazing effort in the modern era. Everyone else above him in the list played a long time ago now, before the game was professional.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283722.html



  • @no-quarter He could still be playing today if he wanted to he was still getting better with age.



  • @salacious-crumb said in Longevity in sport:

    Ric Flair was still taking hard bumps into his 60s.

    Demolition recently did an exhibition match.

    RIP Andre, Mr Perfect, Macho Man, Ultimate Warrior, Rick Rude, Dusty Rhodes, Hercules, Bad News Brown, Big Boss Man, Earthquake, Crush, Miss Elizabeth and Bobby Heenan though.

    Drugs and Gigantism can hinder a wrestling career somewhat.



  • The Nature Boy was the Intercontinental Champion at 56!

    WHOOO!



  • @mariner4life said in Longevity in sport:

    The Nature Boy was the Intercontinental Champion at 56!

    WHOOO!

    Honky Tonk Man held that until the Warrior wasted him in the late 80s. Then he lost it to Ravishing Rick who was my Mums favourite wrestler for some reason.



  • Liam Neeson is 65 and still kicks bad dudes asses!



  • @cyclops said in Longevity in sport:

    Liam Neeson is 65 and still kicks bad dudes asses!

    Pffft. Clint was ejecting gooks off his lawn in his late 70s.



  • @mariner4life said in Longevity in sport:

    The Nature Boy was the Intercontinental Champion at 56!

    WHOOO!

    It’s spelled “WOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”

    (As many “o”’s and exclamation points as you like, but there’s no “h,” not even three of them.)



  • @mn5 said in Longevity in sport:

    Ravishing Rick who was my Mums favourite wrestler for some reason.

    Clearly a woman of refined taste. She had no time for fat, out of shape, sweathogs.



  • Ted Williams — that’s “Teddy Ballgame” to you; “The Splendid Splinter” to everybody else — won a batting title at age 40. Not bad for a guy who’d already served in two wars. Still the greatest hitter who ever lived.



  • @salacious-crumb said in Longevity in sport:

    @mn5 said in Longevity in sport:

    Ravishing Rick who was my Mums favourite wrestler for some reason.

    Clearly a woman of refined taste. She had no time for fat, out of shape, sweathogs.

    Rick Rude was a pretty legitimate tough guy in real life too apparently. He gave the Ultimate Warrior a hiding backstage.



  • @salacious-crumb speaking of baseball. Nolan 'The Express' Ryan pitched in Major League Baseball until he was almost 47. He played til 1993 having debuted in the 1960s. One of the best pitchers of all time.



  • Tom Brady, 40 , oldest Quarterback to lead league in passing, pretty amazing!



  • Gordy Howe played his last NHL season in 1979/1980 at the age of 52.



  • @mn5 said in Longevity in sport:

    @mariner4life said in Longevity in sport:

    The Nature Boy was the Intercontinental Champion at 56!

    WHOOO!

    Honky Tonk Man held that until the Warrior wasted him in the late 80s.

    Honky says he suggested a 30 second thrashing because Warrior was dangerous in the ring, so he didn't want to spend any more time than he had to.

    Someone mentioned Demolition as still wrestling, One Man Gang (aka Akeem), Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Powers of Pain, Haku, Rikishi, Brutus the Barber Beefcake and Tito Santana also still lace up the boots occasionally.



  • @godder said in Longevity in sport:

    @mn5 said in Longevity in sport:

    @mariner4life said in Longevity in sport:

    The Nature Boy was the Intercontinental Champion at 56!

    WHOOO!

    Honky Tonk Man held that until the Warrior wasted him in the late 80s.

    Honky says he suggested a 30 second thrashing because Warrior was dangerous in the ring, so he didn't want to spend any more time than he had to.

    Someone mentioned Demolition as still wrestling, One Man Gang (aka Akeem), Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Powers of Pain, Haku, Rikishi, Brutus the Barber Beefcake and Tito Santana also still lace up the boots occasionally.

    Yeah it's funny reading the backstage stories. Google Haku and all the shit he got up to out of the ring. Interesting that Honky suggested that,I woulda thought the ego woulda prevented him wanting a hiding.

    Apparently Hogan refused to wrestle Rick Rude cos he was dangerous. Considering some of the guys he's taken on that is some praise.

    I watched one of the Royal Rumbles from 1989, fairly certain about half of the 30 guys who were in it are dead now.



  • @mn5 Haku's tough guy stories and Andre the Giant's drinking stories are legendary in wrestling...

    Almost all matches on Summerslam 90 have at least one dead person involved, and there are more matches booked where everyone is dead than matches where everyone is alive.



  • @godder said in Longevity in sport:

    @mn5 Haku's tough guy stories and Andre the Giant's drinking stories are legendary in wrestling...

    Almost all matches on Summerslam 90 have at least one dead person involved, and there are more matches booked where everyone is dead than matches where everyone is alive.

    Haku was about the only guy that Andre legitimately feared apparently. He sounds like an absolute headcase. Best story is him biting off someone's nose in a pub brawl.



  • @nepia said in Longevity in sport:

    Gordy Howe played his last NHL season in 1979/1980 at the age of 52.

    HIs much younger son Mark (and also a Hall of Famer, pretty sure the only father-and-son combo in the hockey hof) suffered the most gruesome injury I’ve ever seen in sports. Essentially a steel goal post spike — a dagger, moreorless — impaled his testicles. It makes me curl up into a fetal position just thinking about it. The scream was heard in every corner of the arena, apparently. He went unconscious immediately thereafter, and the whole sport had to redesign their goals to ensure such carnage never-ever-for-Chrissakes-never happened again, nobody could stomach it.

    If you’re bored some day, just youtube search “Worst” and “Most Brutal NHL injuries ever” and watch all the different reels, there’s lots of highlight packages, you’ll see ice skates slicing necks and faces and enough gallons of blood for a Tarantino movie.



  • @salacious-crumb said in Longevity in sport:

    @nepia said in Longevity in sport:

    Gordy Howe played his last NHL season in 1979/1980 at the age of 52.

    HIs much younger son Mark (and also a Hall of Famer, pretty sure the only father-and-son combo in the hockey hof) suffered the most gruesome injury I’ve ever seen in sports. Essentially a steel goal post spike — a dagger, moreorless — impaled his testicles. It makes me curl up into a fetal position just thinking about it. The scream was heard in every corner of the arena, apparently. He went unconscious immediately thereafter, and the whole sport had to redesign their goals to ensure such carnage never-ever-for-Chrissakes-never happened again, nobody could stomach it.

    If you’re bored some day, just youtube search “Worst” and “Most Brutal NHL injuries ever” and watch all the different reels, there’s lots of highlight packages, you’ll see ice skates slicing necks and faces and enough gallons of blood for a Tarantino movie.

    I don't ever think I'll be that bored. 😉



  • @no-quarter said in Longevity in sport:

    In cricket Misbah-ul-Haq for Pakistan played his last match when he was nearly 43, which is a pretty amazing effort in the modern era. Everyone else above him in the list played a long time ago now, before the game was professional.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/content/records/283722.html

    Pretty sure the game was professional in 1976 when (legend) Brian Close was getting pounded opening the batting for England against Roberts Holding etc - at 45 years of age. Close is particularly memorable because he was/is the youngest test debutant for the Poms (18) meaning there were 27 years between his first and last tests.

    Put into context that akin to him opening the batting with Wright in 91 and still being around to face the Poms next month. He debuted against Walter Hadlee's 49 team and by the time he retired, Paddles had been playing tests for 3 years.

    Misbah pffft - John Traicos is also on your list



  • @dogmeat I will bow to your superior knowledge (age). I'm too young to know who those guys are, Misbah was the only one that stood out to me 🙂



  • @dogmeat Close was an obvious choice after Cowdrey worked so well vs Lillee and Thomson the year before.

    Presumably, they thought that at 43 all Colin was lacking was a bit of experience! 🙂



  • Brad Hogg is 45 or so and still going around the BBL



  • @shark said in Longevity in sport:

    Brad Hogg is 45 or so and still going around the BBL

    And dropping catches... 😉



  • @antipodean said in Longevity in sport:

    @shark said in Longevity in sport:

    Brad Hogg is 45 or so and still going around the BBL

    And dropping catches... 😉

    I haven't watched much of it this year, but from the snippets I've seen, it looks like Father Time is well and truly catching up with him on the field.



  • Hogg still signs a mean autograph for his age 😊



  • Hogg was never a good fielder. He's still bloody handy with the ball though.



  • @godder said in Longevity in sport:

    @mn5 said in Longevity in sport:

    @mariner4life said in Longevity in sport:

    The Nature Boy was the Intercontinental Champion at 56!

    WHOOO!

    Honky Tonk Man held that until the Warrior wasted him in the late 80s.

    Honky says he suggested a 30 second thrashing because Warrior was dangerous in the ring, so he didn't want to spend any more time than he had to.

    Someone mentioned Demolition as still wrestling, One Man Gang (aka Akeem), Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Powers of Pain, Haku, Rikishi, Brutus the Barber Beefcake and Tito Santana also still lace up the boots occasionally.

    @Godder check this out at about 1.49. Honky Tonk moves so as it's easier for the Warrior to put on the big splash hahahaha. Gosh wrestling was a great laugh....



  • @mn5 said in Longevity in sport:

    @godder said in Longevity in sport:

    @mn5 said in Longevity in sport:

    @mariner4life said in Longevity in sport:

    The Nature Boy was the Intercontinental Champion at 56!

    WHOOO!

    Honky Tonk Man held that until the Warrior wasted him in the late 80s.

    Honky says he suggested a 30 second thrashing because Warrior was dangerous in the ring, so he didn't want to spend any more time than he had to.

    Someone mentioned Demolition as still wrestling, One Man Gang (aka Akeem), Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Powers of Pain, Haku, Rikishi, Brutus the Barber Beefcake and Tito Santana also still lace up the boots occasionally.

    @Godder check this out at about 1.49. Honky Tonk moves so as it's easier for the Warrior to put on the big splash hahahaha. Gosh wrestling was a great laugh....

    One of the best videos to show kids that it's more theatre than fighting.



  • @godder said in Longevity in sport:

    @mn5 said in Longevity in sport:

    @godder said in Longevity in sport:

    @mn5 said in Longevity in sport:

    @mariner4life said in Longevity in sport:

    The Nature Boy was the Intercontinental Champion at 56!

    WHOOO!

    Honky Tonk Man held that until the Warrior wasted him in the late 80s.

    Honky says he suggested a 30 second thrashing because Warrior was dangerous in the ring, so he didn't want to spend any more time than he had to.

    Someone mentioned Demolition as still wrestling, One Man Gang (aka Akeem), Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Powers of Pain, Haku, Rikishi, Brutus the Barber Beefcake and Tito Santana also still lace up the boots occasionally.

    @Godder check this out at about 1.49. Honky Tonk moves so as it's easier for the Warrior to put on the big splash hahahaha. Gosh wrestling was a great laugh....

    One of the best videos to show kids that it's more theatre than fighting.

    I've been youtubing a few old classics. Geez Andre was a ( massive ) waste of space towards the end of his career. He could barely walk let alone actually wrestle.


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