Four Decades Players, Coaches, Managers

by jmnovff - 114 cards (Last updated on Apr 7, 2021)

91. 2010 Topps Heritage #137 Bobby Cox

Manager 1978-2010.

Also Player 1968-1969.

92. 1960 Topps #217 Charley Grimm

Manager 1932-1960.

Also Player 1916-1936.

93. 1972 Topps #576 Leo Durocher

Manager 1939-1973.

Also Player 1925-1945.

94. 1961 Kahn's Wieners #NNO Jimmie Dykes

Manager 1934-1961.

Also Player 1918-1939.

95. 2015 Topps Heritage #183 Terry Francona

Manager 1997-2020.

Also Player 1981-1990.

96. 2000 Oh Henry! Toronto Blue Jays #NNO Jim Fregosi

Manager 1978-2000.

Also Player 1961-1978.

97. 1953 Bowman Black & White #46 Bucky Harris

Manager 1924-1956.

Also Player 1919-1931.

98. 2013 Topps Heritage #67 Davey Johnson

Manager 1984-2013.

Also Player 1965-1978.

99. 2010 Topps Heritage #139 Tony LaRussa

*** 5 Decade Manager ***

Manager 1979-2011.

Also Player 1963-1963.



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.

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