September 5, 1919-August 26, 2019 Thomas Jefferson Jordan Sr. (Tom) oldest living MLB player died on Monday August 26, 2019 at the age of 99 ten days shy of his 100th birthday after battling congestive heart failure. Tom was born on September 5, 1919 to Labe Jordan and Vada Pirtle Jordan in Lawton Oklahoma. Tom and his family first came to Roswell, NM by covered wagon. This was a ten-day journey in 1933 from Lawton Oklahoma. At 16 he and his older brother Jared delivered ice cream in a truck to Capitan NM several times a week. After returning to Oklahoma Tom graduated from Faxton High School and at 17 started his baseball career. Tom appeared in 39 big league games from 1944 to 1948 for the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Browns. He stepped to the plate exactly 100 times, batting .240 with one home run. He battled the mighty New York Yankees and he had eight hits in 19 at bats for a .421 average. Tom had stated that he didn’t enjoy his time in the major leagues. He stated that he was a country boy, and after the games when everyone scattered, he would not… Read full this story
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