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Gordie Howe: Longest Degree of Separation?

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Gordie Howe: Longest Degree of Separation?

Gordie Howe played in November 1946 (I think) against Dit Clapper (began 1927).

Gordie Howe played in 1980 against Ray Bourque (finished 2001) and (probably) Mark Messier (on Feb.19, 1980) (finished 2004).

Is any hockey player (NHL or other league) a "longer" degree of separation between two players? (And what about other major team sports?)

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As far as other sports go, I think Minnie Minoso must be a candidate. He played his first MLB games in 1949, and his last ones in 1980.

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Howe's is most definitely the longest in hockey, and I doubt it will ever be broken.

To illustrate how difficult it would be, consider how long Chris Chelios played. He played against Butch Goring (started 1969) as a rookie, and played against John Tavares in his last season. In order for Chelios to surpass Howe's "Degree of Separation", Tavares would have to still be playing at age 56.

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Pete Rose played from 4/8/1963 to 8/17/1986, 23 consecutive seasons. He overlapped with Barry Larkin, who played from 8/13/1986 to 10/3/2004.

Rose played an exhibition game against the Yankees. Whitey Ford gave him the nickname of "Charlie Hustle" when Pete tried to catch a Mickey Mantle homer that was way over the wall. Yogi Berra also played on that 1963 team 9/22/1946 to 5/19/1965

That covers over 58 years of MLB without skipping seasons like Minoso did.


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As far as other sports go, I think Minnie Minoso must be a candidate. He played his first MLB games in 1949, and his last ones in 1980.
From Luke Appling (1930) to Harold Baines (2001).

Penultimate season for a guy with freakish longevity for a shortstop, and first season for a guy with freakish longevity that made it thru DH rule.

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Minoso must be 2nd to Howe then...?

If you count Dit Clapper to Mark Messier, it means Gordie Howe was on the ice against pro-players whose careers spanned 1927 to 2004 -- a span of 77 years!!

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If you count Dit Clapper to Mark Messier, it means Gordie Howe was on the ice against pro-players whose careers spanned 1927 to 2004 -- a span of 77 years!!
.... what about that one gamer with the Detroit Vipers in 97/98? Technically, he was on the Roster. Johan Hedberg was on that team, played for the Devils in 12/13. Might even be some guys still active.

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.... what about that one gamer with the Detroit Vipers in 97/98?
I personally wouldn't count it. One-shift publicity stunt engineered by Colleen Howe.

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