He's nearly old enough for his AARP card, yet Jamie Moyer keeps defying all odds.
Colorado Rockies left-hander Jamie Moyer now finds himself in the record books after becoming the oldest pitcher to win a Major League game on Tuesday night.
Moyer, 49, won the game in impressive fashion, only allowing two unearned runs on six hits over seven innings against the Padres. Colorado won the game 5-3.
Anytime history is made, you can bet the Baseball Hall of Fame will come calling; they did so after Moyer's performance, asking for memorabilia from the ageless pitcher following his performance so that it could be displayed in the museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.
"To have your name mentioned with great players of the past or Hall of Fame players, it's pretty special," Moyer said.
The previous record hails from Jack Quinn while with the Dodgers when they were still in Brooklyn. That's right, it was over 75 years ago; Sept. 13, 1932 to be exact. Quinn won in a relief effort while with the team when he was 49 years and 70 days old. On Tuesday night, Moyer was 49 years and 151 days old.
Although he had to have known for quite some time he's been on the verge of something special, Moyer stated he wasn't familiar with Quinn at all.
"As players, we should know more about the game, the history of the game," Moyer said. "You need to respect the game and the people that came before you."
Moyer made his big league debut on June 16, 1986 as a 23-year-old rookie with the Chicago Cubs. He went seven innings to beat the Phillies that day; the same day an average gallon of gas cost 93 cents.
"It's a great story," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's wonderful that he's continued to get the results needed to stay in the Major Leagues. This is a performance-driven game and the last 15 years of his career have been outstanding."
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