The ageless Jamie Moyer, 49, is hoping to make the starting rotation for the Colorado Rockies. If he does that — and if he ends up winning a game for them — he would be the oldest such pitcher to do so in major league history. The New York Times compiles some fun facts about Mr. Moyer:
- Has more career wins (267) than Bob Gibson, Whitey Ford, Juan Marichal and Catfish Hunter.
- Has faced 23 Hall of Famers.
- Started his career before 15 players on Rockies’ 40-man roster were born — including four pitchers now competing with him for a rotation spot.
- Has played in 49 ballparks, including 14 that no longer stand.
- Older than 8 current major league managers.
- Older than 16 current major league general managers.
- From ages 27 to 29, Moyer was 2-11.
- From ages 38 to 40, Moyer was 54-21.
- Career leader in home runs allowed (511).
- Started the last game before lights were installed at Wrigley Field.
- Beat the Hall of Famer Steve Carlton in his first major league game.
- Second in career wins after age 40, with 103 (Phil Niekro had 121).
- Beat the 1986 world champion Mets and the 1998 world champion Yankees.
- Born Nov. 18, 1962, four months before the Beatles released their first album in Britain.
(Photo by Darron Cummings / AP via the Times)
Am I the only one who reads the above and thinks of this?