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Jamie Moyer notches historic win at nearly 50 years old

April 18, 2012|By Chuck Schilken
  • Colorado's Jamie Moyer beat San Diego on Tuesday to become the oldest pitcher to win a major league game.
Colorado's Jamie Moyer beat San Diego on Tuesday to become the oldest… (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images )

Jamie Moyer is the oldest pitcher ever to win a Major League Baseball game. At 49 years, 150 days old, the Colorado Rockies pitcher earned his first win of the season Tuesday, going seven innings in a 5-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.

In doing so, he breaks a record that stood for nearly 80 years. Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers was the previous elder statesman of the mound after getting a win on Sept. 13, 1932, when he was 49 years, 70 days old.

“It's an historic night for one tremendous human being,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “It couldn't happen to a better guy. A more professional person I don't know I've been around.”

Moyer made his major league debut in 1986, a year before the birth of Anthony Bass, the Padres pitcher he outdueled Tuesday night. After missing all of last season recovering from elbow surgery, Moyer entered the spring without a guaranteed spot on the roster but ended up pitching his way into the Rockies rotation.

He may have gray streaks in his hair and can often be seen with reading glasses perched on the tip of his nose, but Moyer was able to keep the Padres guessing Tuesday night with his cutter and 78-mph fastball. He gave up six hits and two runs -- both unearned -- to improve to 1-2 this season.

“Today, for me, just like it's been my previous two starts — going out and trying to give my best effort,” said Moyer, who also picked up his 268th career win to tie Jim Palmer for 34th on the all-time list.

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