Four Decades Players, Coaches, Managers

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

14. 2020-21 O-Pee-Chee - Blue #592 Joe Thornton

Player 1997-2021, active.

15. 1990-91 Pro Set #671 Al Arbour

Head Coach 1970- 2008

Also Player 1953-1971.

16. 2002 Czech Stadion World Stars #484 Scotty Bowman

*** 5 Decade Head Coach ***

Head Coach 1968-2002.

17. 1990-91 ProCards AHL/IHL #143 Rick Bowness

*** 5 Decade Head Coach ***

Head Coach 1988-2021, active

Also Player 1975-1981..

19. 2008-09 Upper Deck Montreal Canadiens Centennial #149 Dick Irvin

Head Coach 1929-1956.

Also Player 1926-1929.

20. 1996-97 Sharp New Jersey Devils #NNO1 Jacques Lemaire

Head Coach 1983-2011.

Also Player 1967-1979.



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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