When Jamie Moyer made his first start in 1986, he faced Steve Carlton.
Now 67, Carlton is a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame while Moyer just won another game.
His latest win — his first of the season and the 268th of his career — came Tuesday night and landed him in the record books. Moyer, at the age of 49 years and 151 days, is the oldest pitcher to win a major league game. (He broke the record set by the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jack Quinn in 1932, when he won a game at 49 years, 70 days.)
“I kind of wish I was a baseball historian, and I am a little embarrassed that I don't know more about it,” Moyer said after the Rockies’ 5-3 victory over San Diego. “To have my name mentioned with the greats of the past is special."
Moyer lasted seven innings, giving up six hits and no earned runs, and none of his 87 pitches topped 79 mph. “I didn't think about this day because I thought it would be unfair to my teammates and the game,” Moyer (1-2) said. “To me, it was more important that I won for this team.”
Moyer was far from a lock to make the roster this spring after missing the 2011 season because of Tommy John surgery, but now has thrown shutouts in four decades and has a lower ERA since turning 40 (4.40) than when he was in his 20s (4.56). The father of eight, Moyer is older than eight active managers and 16 general managers. Maybe, though, he can keep going, with the odometer on his arm reset.
“I believe I can do this,” Moyer said this spring. “Now, after having the surgery, it's kind of like proving something to myself. I have a new arm. It's like when you buy something new. It's that kind of feeling. I had a new arm.”