Four Decades Players, Coaches, Managers

by jmnovff - 117 cards (Last updated on Nov 16, 2022)

1. 1970-71 Topps #113 George Armstrong

Player 1949-71.

Also Head Coach 1987-88.

4. 2009-10 Collector's Choice #175 Rod Brind'Amour

Player 1989-2010.

Also Head Coach 2018-2022, active.

7. 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee #175 Gordie Howe

*** 5 Decade Player ***

Player 1946-1980



Feb 2, 2021 - 9:16AM
Billy Kingsley

Great concept for a list! Some other NBA people who were involved in four or more decades: Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Phil Jackson, Kevin McHale, Wes Unseld, Doug Collins, Gregg Popovich, Paul Silas, K.C. Jones, Rudy Tomjanovich, Jason Kidd, Larry Bird, Red Holzman. There are others but that's who comes to mind.

If you include front office stuff like GM and team owner you can add Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Elton Brand, Grant Hill. 

Feb 2, 2021 - 1:57PM

Thanks Billy.   My basketball knowledge is not the best.  Suggestions appreciated,

My original intent was to include a player/coach/manager who spanned 4 decades in one discipline.  So, for example, in hockey, Wayne Gretzky player 1979-99 and coach 2005-09 doens't qualify.

Yes, Phil Jackson is a glaring omission, coaching from 1989-2011.

No disrespect to Larry Bird (one of my favourites) but he is "only" a 3 decade player (1979-92), so like Gretzky, he doesn't make the list.

I will add the others who make the cut.


Edited on: Mar 6, 2021 - 10:51AM

Feb 2, 2021 - 9:47PM

Added  Don Nelson, Larry Brown, Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, Paul Silas, Red Holzman. 

Mar 5, 2021 - 9:53AM

Added Darryl Sutter.

Mar 10, 2021 - 12:36AM

Added several NHL and NBA coaches.

Mar 10, 2021 - 9:49PM

Added NFL coaches, Phillips, Carroll, Gruden, Shanahan.

Oct 17, 2021 - 7:42AM

Nick Altrock? Five decade player?

Nov 16, 2022 - 4:31PM

Slight correction to list:  Mike Morgan began his ML career in 1978, not 1976.  I remember the A's bringing him in to start right out of high school.

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