Luke Appling

Over The Hill And Over .300

Luke Appling

Lucius “Old Aches and Pains” Appling’s 1934 baseball card.


Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling has an amazing record. He is the only Major Leaguer to bat over .300 in a season–3 times–after turning 40 years of age. He batted .306 in 1947, .314 in 1948, and .301 in 1949.

Only Barry Bonds, Paul Molitor and Hall of Famer Cap Anson have achieved the feat twice, and Bonds’ effort is not taken seriously by everyone. Ty Cobb batted .357 in 1927, generally regarded as the highest single season batting average in history for players age 40-and-up.