interesting Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive  

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With the life expectancy (at least in the United States) is currently at 81 for women, and 76 for men, sometimes you just don't realize how far back our senior citizens were born. They were born in the 30s and 40s are still alive and kickin'. You hear it's a famous person's birthday and your first thought is, "Oh, wait they're still alive?" This is especially true for old athletes, who aren't seen on the playing field or in the announcer's box anymore.

With the wear and tear and the physical strain athletes constantly put on their bodies while in their prime, it's difficult to know how long they'll be around as they get older. For example, the life expectancy for a professional football player is much lower than average, and a boxer's is even worse. But some of these athletes are still alive, despite their age and their physically taxing career choice.

Cast your votes below for the old athletes you had no idea were still alive.
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Willie Mays


Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 85

Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Baseball player

Credits: Here's to You, Charlie Brown: 50 Great Years, Dream Girl of '67, Home Run Derby, Michael Jordan to the Max

Also Ranked

#2 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

#2 on The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

#1 on The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time

#7 on The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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Hank Aaron


Hank Aaron is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 83

Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States of America

Profession: Baseball player

Credits: Summer Catch, Home Run Derby, Jim Brown: All American, Pete Rose on Trial

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#4 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

#10 on The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

#1 on The Best Atlanta Braves of All Time

#3 on The Greatest Right-Fielders of All Time

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Whitey Ford


Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 88

Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Baseball player, Coach, Actor

Credits: The Match Game, Safe at Home!, New York Yankees (The Movie), Mantle

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#97 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

#8 on The Greatest New York Yankees of All-Time

#85 on The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

#7 on The Greatest Left Handed Pitchers of All Time

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Ernie Banks


Ernie Banks is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
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Age: 86

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Baseball player, Actor

Credits: Finding Buck McHenry, Malibooty!, Diminished Capacity, We Believe

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#45 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

#26 on The Greatest First Basemen of All Time

#29 on The Best Players in the Baseball Hall of Fame

#61 on The Best Hitters in Baseball History

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