The Mariners send birthday greetings to Eddie “Lefty” Carnett, who turns 100 today. Lefty is a former Major Leaguer who also played three years for the Seattle Rainiers.
Carnett is reportedly the oldest living former Major League player, and also the oldest Pacific Coast League player.
Back on May 26, 2012, a then 95-year old Carnett threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Safeco Field before the Turn Back the Clock game in which the Mariners wore Rainiers jerseys and the Los Angeles Angels wore the PCL Angels uniforms from 1955.
During his playing days, Carnett was what one might call versatile. He was an outfielder, first baseman and pitcher. He was also a player/manager for six seasons in the minor leagues. He had a 19-year professional baseball career from 1935-1955. He played for 20 teams, including three cups of coffee in the Big Leagues with the Boston Braves (1941), Chicago White Sox (1944) and Cleveland Indians (1945).
Carnett played with the Rainiers in 1942-1943 and 1946. He was also a member of the 1938 pennant-winning Pacific Coast League Los Angeles Angels, where he pitched against Fred Hutchinson, the ace of the first-year Rainiers staff.
During his years in the minors, Carnett was a career .314 hitter. He also went 129-102 as a pitcher with a 4.03ERA.
Carnett now lives with his wife MaryLee in Ringling, OK.