Tom Jordan (baseball)
|Born: (1919-09-05) September 5, 1919
|September 4, 1944, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|April 28, 1948, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Runs batted in||6|
Thomas Jefferson Jordan (born September 5, 1919) is a retired American professional baseball player, a catcher who appeared in 39 Major League games over three seasons for the Chicago White Sox (1944; 1946), Cleveland Indians (1946), and the St. Louis Browns (1948). Born in Lawton, Oklahoma, Jordan stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 195 pounds (88 kg). He threw and batted right-handed.
Jordan's professional career took place over a twenty-year period, beginning in the minor leagues in 1938 and ending in 1957 after he was a playing manager for a number of unaffiliated teams in the low minors in the Southwestern United States. He spent the entire 1946 campaign in Major League Baseball, starting with the White Sox before being traded to Cleveland for fellow catcher Frankie Hayes on July 5. As a member of the Indians, on August 25, he hit his only MLB home run, a solo shot at Fenway Park off 20-game-winner Boo Ferriss in a 2–1 Boston Red Sox win.
During his big-league career, Jordan collected 23 hits in 96 at bats, including four doubles and two triples. A son, Tom Jr., was winning pitcher of the championship game of the 1956 Little League World Series.
As of December 2018[update], Jordan, age 99, is recognized as the oldest living major league ballplayer.
- 1946-8-25 box score from Retrosheet
- Hoenig, Dick (August 25, 1956). "Roswell Defeats Delaware Twp. In Little League Final". Standard-Sentinel. Hazleton, Pennsylvania. AP. p. 20. Retrieved August 25, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
- "Tom Jordan Live in St. Louis! And a Rogers Hornsby story". St. Louis Browns Fanclub. July 16, 2018. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet
| Oldest recognized verified living baseball player
November 30, 2018 – present