Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Jamie Moyer, at 49 years of age, became the oldest pitcher in Major League Baseball history to win a game when he beat the San Diego Padres, 5-3, at Coors Field, according to USA Today.
“I didn’t think about this day because I thought it would be unfair to my teammates and the game,” Moyer said to the paper. “To me, it was more important that I won for this team.”
Moyer, at 49 years and 152 days, went seven innings without throwing any of his 87 pitches no harder than 79 mph. Allowing just six hits and no earned runs in the win over the Padres, Moyer surpassed Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who in 1932 was the oldest to win a game at 49 years, 70 days. Moyer’s victory Tuesday night also marked the 268th of his career, trying Hall of Famer Jim Palmer for 34th on the all-time victory list.
Moyer, who entered the league in 1986, has compiled a 268-206 career record and a 4.23 ERA, including 2411 strikeouts.