Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher to ever win an MLB game on Tuesday when the 49-year-old lefty threw seven innings in his teams 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.
Speaking after the game team manager Jim Tracy said of Moyer’s win:
“It’s a great night for the Rockies, as far as winning a baseball game. But it’s an historic night for one tremendous human being … It couldn’t happen to a better guy. A more professional person I don’t know I’ve been around.”
Moyer is now 1-2 on the season and the victory gave him his 268th career victory, tying him for 34th on the all-time career list with Jim Palmer.
While he doesn’t have the strength of other major league pitchers Moyer was able to rely on a 78 mph fast ball and some choice pitching decisions to allow just six hits and two runs.
After the game Moyer revealed:
“Today, for me, just like it’s been my previous two starts — going out and trying to give my best effort.”
If there is one thing Moyer has over every single player he faces its his longevity and understanding of the game, Moyer’s career in the bigs has extended nearly a quarter of a century and has included 689 games. In comparison Anthony Bass who was facing off against Moyer is half his age.
Moyer’s record as the oldest pitcher cames at the age of 49 years, 150 days old, defeating the old record set by Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers who claimed a victory on Sept. 13, 1932 at the age of 49 years, 70 days.