53-Yr-Old College Baseball Player In Final Season

Move over, Julio Franco - SCOTT VAN PELT STYLE via USA TODAY unearths a new senior gem on the diamond. Meet John Wilson, 53-year-old outfielder.

John Wilson 53-year-old college baseball player

And it’s not just the local rec league he’s suiting up for - Wilson is playing collegiately, about to start his senior season at Penn State Altoona.

What’s more amazing than a man in his 50s hitting the field with college kids, is the remarkable path of Wilson took to get there.

Growing up in Pittsburgh, Wilson enjoyed baseball. Unfortunately, he enjoyed drugs & alcohol more, which kept him in a world of constantly getting high & getting into trouble.

But finally at the age of 32, Wilson checked himself into a rehab center. His work with the counseling staff eventually led Wilson to help out at other centers and halfway houses throughout Pennsylvania - his last stop being Altoona.

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After becoming friends with Joe Piotti, the school’s soon-to-be baseball coach, Wilson enrolled at Penn State Altoona in 2004 to pursue a degree in human development & family studies. Players & friends in his summer league encouraged Wilson to try out for the college squad, including Piotti.

Three years later, Wilson starts his final season with the Lions March 8 in Orlando. And the experience hasn’t aged him:

As long as I stay around this youthful environment, it makes me feel younger …. It’s like I’m in my prime.”

Mike Flynt must be proud of his fellow old fogey. Maybe LeBron can sign him to his agency - but he better wait ’till after the season. You don’t want any trouble from the NCAA.