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.