While the Heat and Pacers were running & gunning in the NBA's Eastern Conference finals, and barely a week after hundreds of 20-somethings took New York by storm at the NFL Draft, a pair of guys supposedly on the slow side of 50 showed they still got it. On May 18, Miguel Angel Jimenez (left) set a European PGA Tour mark in taking home a trophy at age 50. Only days earlier, MLB legend Julio Franco, already the holder of an age record, announced he would be swinging for more history on the diamond. What other old pros taught us sports aren't just a young person's game?
Oldest golfer to win on European Tour
Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain earned his cigar (and trophy) by winning the Open de Espana on Sunday at 50 years and 133 days old.
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Oldest golfer to win on PGA Tour
Sweet-swinging Sam Snead was even older than Jimenez when he picked up his final PGA Tour victory, at Greensboro, NC, in 1965. The winningest golfer in Tour history was two months shy of his 53rd birthday.
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Oldest golfer to win on LPGA Tour
Beth Daniel broke an eight-year victory drought by capturing the Canadian Women's Open in 2003, when she was 46 years old.
Oldest MLB player to hit a home run
Julio Franco was almost 49 years old when he hit his last major-league home run, in May 2007 for the New York Mets. Franco, who had a 23-year career in the majors, will be back on the field this week, playing the first of nine games for the independent Fort Worth Cats on Tuesday. The Cats signed Franco, 55, as a player-coach for their first homestand.
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Oldest MLB pitcher to win a game
Jamie Moyer didn't even really get going on his career until he hit his 30s. He capped off his 269 big-league victories by turning in seven strong innings for the Colorado Rockies and one last win at age 49 in May 2012. Just for good measure, Moyer also drove in a run in that last victory, making him the oldest player in MLB history to drive in a run — breaking Franco's record.
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Oldest player to score 40 in an NBA game
Maybe we're mostly trying to forget Michael Jordan's final act as a player with the Washington Wizards. However, in 2003, four days after turning 40, he scored 43 against the New Jersey Nets, making him the NBA's first and only player to hit 40 after hitting 40. Sort of the basketball version of shooting your age.
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Oldest player to score in an NFL game
At 48, George Blanda had an NFL career that was still alive and kicking. And he kicked his final field goal — a 41-yarder — for the Oakland Raiders in a playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers played in January 1976.
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Oldest player to score in an NHL game
At 52, Gordie Howe was taking regular shifts and playing with sons Mark and Marty with the Hartford Whalers when he scored his final goal in April 1980. That was No. 801 for his NHL career (plus another 174 during his stint in the WHA).
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Oldest woman to win a pro tennis tournament
Billie Jean King, the driving force behind the women's pro tour, had a final triumph with a tournament victory in Birmingham in 1983 when she was 39.
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Oldest man to win a pro tennis tournament
Three months before his 44th birthday, in 1972, Pancho Gonzales defeated a 24-year-old opponent in the final of an event in Des Moines, Iowa.