A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 28, 2011
“The older I get the better I was” (sports adage)

Entry in progress—B.P.

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28 November 1965, Oregonian (Portland, OR), “East Oregon Desert Produces Own Mark Twain” by E. R. Jackman, pg. HG7, col. 2:
“The older I get, the better I used to be.”
(Reub Long of Fort Rock—ed.)

Google News Archive
15 February 1972, Tuscaloosa (AL) News, “Bench Talk” by Ed Darling, pg. 7, col. 1: 
“I got 40 points during my entire senior year. Now, wait a minute, maybe it was more like 25 or 30 points. You know how it goes, the older you get, the better you were, so I guess 25 or 30 points is probably really more like the actual number.”
(Dr. David Mathews, University of Alabama president—ed.)

15 May 1985, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Kite Master of Colonial, But Never a Winner” by Mark McDonald:
Lee Trevino, 47, on the aging process: “The older I get, the better I used to be .’

Google News Archive
10 July 1986, Sydney Morning Herald, “Nicklaus has ‘grand slam’ at ront of his mind” by Dave Anderson, pg. 41, col. 3:
“Years ago, we could hit a three-iron out of there. And if you believe that, it’ll snow tomorrow. The older you get the better you used to be. Or the stronger.”

Google Books
A Donald Honig Reader
By Donald Honig
New York, NY: Simon & Schuster
1988
Pg. 221:
You know how it is, the older you get, the better you were. But he was a good ballplayer.

OCLC WorldCat record
The Older I get, the better I am
Author: Lois L Kaufman; Claudine Gandolfi
Publisher: White Plains, N.Y. : Peter Pauper Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The older I get, the better I was
Author: Art Thieme
Publisher: Evanston, IL : Waterbug, 1998.
Edition/Format:  Music CD : CD audio : Songs : English

OCLC WorldCat record
Pickles, too : the older I get, the better I was : a cartoon collection
Author: Brian Crane
Publisher: Atlanta, Ga. : Longstreet, ©1999.
Edition/Format:  Book : English

OCLC WorldCat record
The older I get, the better I used to be.
Author: P Curtis
Edition/Format:  Article : English
Publication: Family medicine, 2000 Sep; 32(8): 573-4
Database: From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

14 January 2002, Pittsburgh (PA) Post-Gazette, pg. D1:
McEnroe said he was looking to do something different for a while ("As they say in sports, the older you get, the better you used to be.").

Posted by Barry Popik
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