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Bobby Scales is the third player, 31 or older, since the end of World War II to make his Major League debut as a Cubs player and the first since 1960.
John Andre: born 1/3/1923, debut 4/16/1955
Freddy Rodriguez: born 4/29/1924, debut 4/18/1958
Al Heist: born 10/5/1927, debut 7/17/1960
According to research by Ed Hartig, six 31-plus year olds made their Major League debuts with the Cubs during the World War II years, including the oldest — Joe Berry, who was 37 when he made his debut in 1942.
Scales started at second base on Tuesday, his first big league game after spending 10 years in the Minor Leagues. It seemed fitting that Scales handled the first play — a ground ball out by the Giants’ Fred Lewis.
– Carrie Muskat