Astros in the Sky
The Deadball Era
Born: Jan 4, 1930
The Brooklyn, NY native didn't reach the majors until he was 27 years old but he stayed around for 18 seasons and passed away one night at age 57 still throwing to big league hitters.
Strictly a reliever, he spent his first two seasons with the NL Champion Milwaukee Braves. He was an All-Star in 1958 and led the league in saves (before the stat was officially recognized) in 1959.
But, by 1962, he was struggling and the expansion Colt .45s purchased him in May of their inaugural season. He spent most of two campaigns with the Colts, posting a 6-10 record with a 2.51 ERA and 13 saves.
McMahon was purchased by the Indians late in the 1963 season and, from there, he pitched for the Red Sox, White Sox, Tigers and Giants, making his last appearance at the age of 44 in 1974. For a late starter, McMahon managed to appear in 874 games with a 90-68 record, 153 saves and a 2.96 ERA.