The Colorado Rockies defeated the San Diego Padres by a score of 5-3 on Tuesday night. The winning pitcher was Jamie Moyer at age 49 years and 150 days. Why the significance? Moyer became the oldest winning pitcher in major league baseball history, surpassing the previous record held by the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jack Quinn, who beat the St. Louis Cardinals at Ebbets Field on Sept. 13, 1932, when he was 49 years and 70 days old.
Moyer also notched his 268th career victory over his 25 major league seasons, which tied him with Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for 35th place on the all-time wins list. Moyer did not pitch in the major leagues during the 1992 or 2011 seasons which could have elevated his career win total.
Jamie Moyer has developed into a fan favorite for his perseverance in extending his career while father time continues to decline his on-field skills. He was able to use experience & guts to defeat the Padres with a fastball topping out at 79 mph. A long list of accomplishments throughout his career has also earned Moyer a spot in the hearts of fan bases. Moyer spent 11 season in Seattle winning 145 games. He was a 2-time 20-game winner, a 2003 all-star and a member of the franchises most accomplished team in 2001 which won an astonishing 116 regular season games.
Moyer a native of Sellersville, PA also found himself reaching a major career milestone when pitching for his hometown team in 2008. At the age of 45, Moyer finally had an opportunity to participate in a World Series as the Philadelphia Phillies took on the Tampa Bay Rays. Moyer got the call in-game three and didn’t disappoint as he pitched 6.1 strong innings before giving way to the bullpen. The Phillies eventually won the game in the bottom of the 9th on an infield single by Carlos Ruiz. Only a few days later Moyer would earn his first championship ring as Philadelphia defeated Tampa Bay in five games to claim the franchises first World Series title since 1980, a parade that Moyer himself attended.
Years have come, years have gone and yet Jamie Moyer continues to work his magic. When will his career end? I think only Moyer knows that answer but it is a fair assumption that he will attempt to pitch at the age of 50 and perhaps beyond.