Interesting Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive  

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With the life expectancy (at least in the United States) 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.

1 163 VOTES
Whitey Ford is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
Photo: Bowman Gum/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Age: 90

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

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#85 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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

#6 on The Greatest New York Yankees of All Time

#17 on The Greatest Pitchers of All Time

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2 128 VOTES
Bobby Doerr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
Photo: 12sider/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0

Age: 100

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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#10 on The Best Boston Red Sox of All Time

#10 on The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

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3 119 VOTES
Red Schoendienst is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
Photo:  Arturo Pardavila III/Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 2.0

Age: 96

Birthplace: Germantown, Illinois, United States of America

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#22 on The Greatest Second Basemen of All Time

#18 on The Best MLB Managers of All Time

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Willie Mays is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Old Athletes You Didn't Realize Are Still Alive
Photo: Pete Souza/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Age: 87

Birthplace: Westfield, Alabama, United States of America

Also Ranked

#6 on The Greatest Baseball Players of All Time

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

#18 on The Best Hitters in Baseball History

#6 on The Greatest Center Fielders of All Time

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