Who are the oldest athletes to ball out?For the first time since his 1992 debut as an 18-year-old in Japan’s Pacific League, Ichiro Suzuki is not playing professional baseball. Sorta. In early May, the Mariners announced the outfielder would spend the rest of the 2018 season in the front office as a special assistant to the chairman. The move entails some very Ichiro stipulations. He’s still working out in the field before games and taking batting practice. Oh, and he hasn’t ruled out a return to the diamond in the future. But have we seen the last of Ichiro the player or not? It’s as good a time as any to recognize him and other athletes who didn’t let age stop them. Here are the oldest athletes to strike fear in their opponents’ hearts (in physically demanding sports; sorry, golfers).
The Hall of Famer and four-time Stanley Cup winner’s NHL career started during the 1947-48 season, when he was just 18. He played for the Red Wings until 1971, then jumped to the newly formed World Hockey Association to play with his sons. At the age of 51, he returned to the NHL and was astonishingly still productive, scoring 15 goals and tallying 26 assists before retiring.