I DID a little research to find out if Barako Bull’s Mick Pennisi is the oldest player to win the PBA Press Corps’ Player of the Week honors. I found out that 2001 was the earliest season I had records of them in my files.
With help from an online duration calculator, these were what I found:
Current San Mig Coffee assistant coach Jeff Cariaso, then playing for Alaska in the third to the last of his 15 seasons in the league, was 35 years, two months and 20 days old when he shared the award with Coca-Cola’s Asi Taulava for the week from November 26 to December 2, 2007 during the eliminations of the 2007-08 Philippine Cup.
Barangay Ginebra’s Eric Menk was 35 years, eight months and 22 days old when he won the recognition for the week from May 10 to 16 in the 2010 Fiesta Conference elims.
Meralco assistant coach Ronnie Magsanoc, then playing for Purefoods in the final season of his 15-year career, was adjudged best for the week among locals from February 18 to 24 in the 2002 Governors Cup elims at the age of 35 years, 10 months and 10 days.
Marlou Aquino, then in his penultimate season with Sta. Lucia, was 36 years old, five months and eight days old, when he won it for the period covering March 9 to 15 in the eliminations of the 2009 Fiesta Conference.
Taulava, then with Coca-Cola, was 36 years, nine months and 18 days old when he was bestowed the award from December 14 to 20 during the 2009-10 Philippine Cup elims.
Pennisi was 18 days past his 38th birthday last Sunday when sportswriters regularly covering the PBA beat named him their Accel Player of the Week for the period covering March 25 to 31.
That means Pennisi beat Taulava’s previous record as the most senior player to win PBA Player of the Week honors by more than a year.
Not bad an achievement, Mick! ;-)