Four Decades Players, Coaches, Managers

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

22. 1995-96 Slapshot Memorial Cup #99 Paul Maurice

Head Coach 1996-2021, active.

25. 1983 Cartophilium Hockey Hall of Fame Postcards #N12 Lynn Patrick

Head Coach 1948-1975.

Also Player 1934-1946.

26. 1974-75 O-Pee-Chee #229 Bob Pulford

Head Coach 1972-2000.

Also Player 1956-1972.

27. 2017 Hero Decks Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Heroes Playing Cards #NNO Joel Quenneville

Head Coach 1997-2021, active.

Also Player 1978-1991.

28. 2002-03 Maple Leaf Platinum Collection #73 Pat Quinn

Head Coach 1979-2010.

Also Player 1968-1977.

29. 1937-38 World Wide Gum (V356) #96 Art Ross

Head Coach 1917-1945.

Also Player 1917-1918.

30. 1990-91 O-Pee-Chee #143 Lindy Ruff

Head Coach 1997-2021, active.

Also Player 1979-1991.



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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