Add one more baseball stat to this Oklahoma man’s long career: the oldest living major leaguer

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RINGLING, OKLAHOMA -- The skies south of Ringling signal a rain out.

The fishing poles stacked next to the back door wait for better weather too.

About the only thing left for Eddie Carnett and his wife Marilee to do is open their mail.

It's more than just bills these days.

Some of it is actual fan mail, from baseball people who, back in April, realized that Eddie is the oldest living ex-major leaguer.

"I could throw hard," recalls Carnett. "I liked baseball and I won 21 games my first season."

Drafted out of Ponca City High School in 1935, Carnett was a hard throwing southpaw.

He hurt his shoulder playing 'pepper' of all things.

The injury healed slowly.

"I felt all right and went back out there. I lost one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten before I finally won my first ball game," he chuckles.

But Carnett was a good hitter as well as a pitcher which kept him hanging around.

Casey Stengel called him up to the Boston Braves in 1943 then sent him down again after the two had words.

He got another chance with the Chicago White Sox in 1944 and lasted the whole season as a first baseman and outfielder.

Eddie says, "I was never without a job because I could play 1st base and pitched, and I worked with the pitchers quite a bit."

Traded to the Cleveland Indians in 1945, Carnett answered the call of another draft, that of his country.

He entered U.S. Navy service before the Summer was over.

And that was it.

Eddie Carnett never got back to 'the show'.

In 1955 he finally hung up his spikes after a few seasons as player-coach in places like Borger and Gainesville, Texas.

His pay never topped $1,800 a month in 21 seasons of professional baseball.

"Did you have a good time?" asks a visitor to his home.

"Oh, I loved it," he responds. "and the fans were good."

On April 4th, 2016 Carnett added one more statistic to his playing career.

He became the oldest living ex-major league player.

You might not know his name but you might recognize a few of his room mates; Warren Spahn, Allie Reynolds, Phil Rizzuto, and Bob Feller.

Feller always gave Eddie credit for showing how to throw a slider.

Carnett will be 100 by the time the World Series ends in 2016.

Eddie the pitcher, the hitter, the teacher, and, now, the dean of all Major Leaguers.

Eddie and his wife live quietly with family on an acreage south of Ringling, Oklahoma.

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