Mike Sandlock

Michael Joseph Sandlock (born October 17, 1915) is a former utility player in Major League Baseball who played for three different teams from 1942 to 1953. Listed at 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m), 180 lb., he was a switch-hitter and threw right-handed. He was born in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. Since the death of Connie Marrero on April 23, 2014, Sandlock has been the oldest living former major league player, as well as the oldest living former member of the Boston Braves, Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

Chiefly a catcher, Sandlock also saw action at shortstop and at second and third base. He entered the majors in 1942 with the Braves, appearing in two games before serving during World War II (1943). After Sandlock's discharge, he returned to Boston (1944) and later played for the Brooklyn Dodgers (1945–46). He also spent time in the Pacific Coast League with the Hollywood Stars (1949–1952) and returned to the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1953, his last major league year. Sandlock's most productive season came in 1945 with Brooklyn, when he hit .282 with two home runs and 17 runs batted in in 80 games played, all career highs.

Over parts of five seasons, Sandlock was a .240 hitter (107-for-446) with two home runs and 31 RBI in 195 games, including 34 runs, 19 doubles, two triples, and two stolen bases.

He was an active golfer into old age and stays very active in the BAAT organization, which helps older baseball players who do not have health insurance and may need some medical assistance. Sandlock and Warren Spahn were roommates and they were called up together by the Braves in September 1942.

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