Jamie Moyer becomes the oldest pitcher to win a game
Colorado Rockies’ Jamie Moyer has become the oldest pitcher to win a Major League game.
The 49-year-old took to the mound against the the San Diego Padres Tuesday night with his family in attendance to cheer him on. He pitched seven innings, allowing six hits and two unearned runs to lead the Rockies to a 5-3 victory.
“I didn’t think about this day because I thought it would be unfair to my teammates and the game,” said Moyer.”To me, it was more important that I won for this team.”
This win was the 268th of his career, and it has put him in the record books, with his age, 49 years and 151 days old. This breaks the record held by Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jack Quin as he was 49 years and 70 days old when he won his game in 1932.
Moyer underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the 2011 season.
“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.”
Moyer’s Major League debut was in June of 1986 with the Chicago Cubs. He went on to win that game against the Philadelphia Philles for his first career win.