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Jason Giambi, 42, oldest player in MLB history to hit walk-off homer

By Mike Singer |

Despite his ripe old age, Jason Giambi is proving to be a valuable offseason acquisition for the Tribe.

At 42 years old, Jason Giambi became the oldest player in major-league history to belt a walk-off home run when he crushed a 1-1 pitch to the foliage in center field to give the Indians a 3-2 victory over the White Sox on Monday night.

Giambi was 42 years, 202 days old Monday -- 45 days older than Hank Aaron when he set the record in 1976. Giambi's blast, his ninth career walk-off homer, launched the Indians to their fifth straight victory.

The veteran, hitting just .194, pinch-hit for the struggling Mark Reynolds, but his timely shot earned him the gratitude of his teammates and a bath from a freezing bucket of water.

"I might catch pneumonia," he said following his fifth career pinch-hit, walk-off home run, two more than any other player in major-league history, according to Elias Sports.

Monday night was also the first night in MLB history that saw three walk-off homers and a walk-off triple, also via Elias.

"Big G means so much to the ballclub, on and off the field," Nick Swisher told the Plain Dealer. "That's why, when he does what he just did, the party's off the charts."

Not too bad for a graying veteran.

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