The Ageless WonderJulio Franco, Braves' first baseman and pinch-hitter extraordinaire, turned 47 years old today. This makes him the oldest, non-pitcher, to ever play the game every day. Here is what Tim Kurkjian discovered and the records that the ageless one holds and may break many more times.
"Franco is the oldest non-pitcher in major league history (not including stunt appearances such as those by Minnie Minoso). Last season, Franco became the oldest player to get 50 hits in a season, and had more than twice as many RBI (54) as any 45-year-old in history (Pete Rose had 25 in 1986). This season, Franco became the oldest player (by more than four years) to hit a grand slam, the oldest to hit a pinch-hit home run, the oldest to have a multi-home run game and the oldest to steal two bases in one game. If he hits another homer, he will replace pitcher Jack Quinn (1930) as the oldest player ever to do so. And he'll become the oldest to hit 10 homers in a season (Carl Yastrzemski hit 10 in 1983 at 44)."
Really, do take the time to read the full article. It really is impressive what Julio Franco has been able to do without the help of steroids. He is the product of 26 years in the weight room, careful eating habits, and pure natural ability/build.