2019-08-27 04:13:27 UTC
Aug 26, 2019, 10:54pm
Tom Jordan, Oldest Living Ex-MLB Player, Dies At 99
Tom Jordan, the oldest living Major League Baseball player, died Monday, August 26, 2019, in Roswell, New Mexico due to complications from a heart attack according to author Gaylon White. Jordan was just ten days shy of celebrating his 100th birthday.
“He was an amazing man,” said White, who featured Jordan in his recently released book, Left on Base in the Bush Leagues. “At the time I saw him in June, I would have put money on him making it to 100. … He said the doctor told him he would live to be a hundred.”
The former catcher played in 39 games throughout three major league seasons from 1944-1948 with the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Browns. He spent 17 years in the minor leagues that included two campaigns where he hit over .400.
Jordan left the minor leagues in 1949 despite being only one season removed from the majors to join his brother on a local semi-pro team in Roswell. Surprisingly, he felt more comfortable playing in the familiar minor league communities than the major league markets.
“Tom wanted to go back to the minors,” White said. “He did not like the big leagues. He did not like big cities; he found them to be rather impersonal. He had a thriving farm in Roswell. He preferred to play for minor league teams close to where he lived.”