Top 6 sportsmen who proved age is just a number

Throughout sports history, we have found some great examples of people who defeated the barriers of age to make it at big level. Let's have a look at some sportsmen who never gave up one their dream of making it big.

Michael Hussey- Cricket

Known as Mr. Cricket, Michael Hussey made his test debut at the age of 30. In international cricket, this is the age when cricketers generally start thinking about retirement specially Australians and English. Michael Hussey played 10 years of first class cricket before he received a baggy green. He didn't disappoint as he became Australia's best finisher in later part of 2010s. He finished his test career with 6235 runs at an average of 51.52 in 79 tests. His ODI record was great as well. 5442 runs came at 48.15 while his T-20I record is 721 runs at 37.94. He was orange cap winner of IPL 2013 and is second ever centurion at IPL.

Satchel Paige - Baseball

Satchel Paige is oldest player to make a Major league debut. He was 42 years of age when he pitched for the first time in Major league baseball. He played five seasons in Major league baseball and registered 288 strikeouts and represented Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns and Kansas City athletics during a period of five years. His earned run average was 3.29 which were decent according to the standards back in 1950s.

Leslie Compton- Football

The brother of ex English international cricketer Denis Compton, Leslie was an all-rounder on sports field. He played 274 first class matches for Middlesex and appeared 253 times for Arsenal in Premier League football. Although he failed to make a international debut in cricket, he did so in Football and that to at an age of 38. Although he played only two games in national colours, he still remains oldest debutant in international football history.

Stephen James Cook- Cricket

One of the most talented but unfortunate cricketer ever born in South Africa has to deal with the blow of apartheid age. Most of his career passed during the time when South Africa was banned from cricket. When the ban lifted, he was 38 years old. He played 4 ODIs and 3 tests for South Africa without much success but his average of over 50 in first class cricket shows that had he got a chance earlier, he would have been in the league of Gavaskar and Border.

Diomedes Olivo- Baseball

Diomedes Olivo made his major league baseball debut at the age of 41 for Pittsburgh Pirates. He played 62 games in three seasons of Major League baseball and registered 85 strikeouts. His first game at organized baseball came at the age of 36. So when others retired, he was planning a debut.

Jimmy Morris- Baseball

This list will be incomplete without the story of Jim Morris. He started playing baseball at the age of 3 but since his father disliked baseball, Jim was denied of a career in baseball. He went on to become a teacher later and coached his school's baseball team (which was terrible) too. When the players of his team came to know that jimmy is still great at pitching, they promised him to win the championship but demanded that Jimmy will have to appear in MLB trials in return. The team turned the tables around and won the championship. Now it was Jimmy's turn. He appeared in trials and selectors were shocked to see that he was pitching well above 95 mph. That's where Jimmy's dream of playing professional baseball came true. Tampa Bay signed him later that season and he played 2 seasons during which he registered 13 strikeouts in 21 games. Doesn't it look like a great story for a motivational movie? Yes there is one named "The rookie" which gives Goosebumps to the viewers.

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Author: K Mohan26 May 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 0

Good article from the author. Time and again it is discussed in social media that after attaining certain age, the player must quit and give way for the new entrants. This kind of suggestion and remarks appear for cricket game. At one point of time when Sachin was not performing, people called him to quit and pave way for new faces. But the author gave enough proof as to how top 6 sportsmen have proved themselves and for them age is a mere number and they wont rest unless or until success is achieved.

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