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Moyer proves he's still a winner at age 49

Moyer proves he's still a winner at age 49

Moyer proves he's still a winner at age 49
Rockies left-hander Jamie Moyer pitched himself into the history books Tuesday night, becoming the oldest pitcher to win a Major League game.

Moyer, 49, did it in impressive fashion, allowing two unearned runs on six hits in seven strong innings against the Padres in Colorado's 5-3 victory.

After the game, the Baseball Hall of Fame asked for memorabilia from Moyer's performance to display at the storied museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

"To have your name mentioned with great players of the past or Hall of Fame players, it's pretty special," Moyer said.

Previously, the oldest pitcher to win a game in the Majors was Jack Quinn of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who won in relief on Sept. 13, 1932, when he was 49 years and 70 days old. Moyer was 49 years and 151 days old on Tuesday.

BACK IN 1986 ...
Rockies left-hander Jamie Moyer, 49 years and 151 days old, became the oldest pitcher to win a Major League game on Tuesday. Here are some facts and figures about the year 1986:
FACT WHO/WHAT
U.S. President Ronald Reagan
Gas 93 cents/gallon
Best-seller A Perfect Spy
Best picture Out of Africa
Best actor William Hurt
Best actress Geraldine Page
Top song On My Own
Television Oprah Winfrey Show debuts
World Series champ New York Mets
Born Olsen twins
  Felix Hernandez
Died Cary Grant
  Hank Greenberg

Moyer said he wasn't much familiar with Quinn. Maybe he'll look him up in the records.

"As players, we should know more about the game, the history of the game," Moyer said. "You need to respect the game and the people that came before you."

Moyer made his Major League debut on June 16, 1986, as a 23-year-old rookie with the Cubs, going seven innings to defeat the Phillies. Moyer has changed plenty since his 1986 debut. So, too, has the world.

The Cosby Show, in its second season, was television's most-watched show in 1986. "A Perfect Spy," by John le Carré, was atop the New York Times' best-sellers list. An average gallon of gas cost, well, a lot less -- 93 cents.

On Tuesday, a gallon of gas cost an average of $3.89.

Billboard's No. 1 song the week Moyer debuted was Patti Labelle and Michael McDonald's "On My Own." The top-rated movie that week was "Back to School," starring Rodney Dangerfield. Ronald Reagan was president and William Hurt won Best Actor for his performance in "Kiss of the Spider Woman."

The year of Moyer's debut also saw the space shuttle Challenger and the Chernobyl nuclear reactor tragedies. IBM released its first laptop, the PC Convertible.

Yes, a lot has changed throughout the world and Major League Baseball during Moyer's career. One thing has remained nearly constant, however -- Moyer taking the mound and winning games.

"It's a great story," Padres manager Bud Black said. "It's wonderful that he's continued to get the results needed to stay in the Major Leagues. This is a performance-driven game and the last 15 years of his career have been outstanding."

Of those that made it onto the field during Moyer's first game, the only other player (or umpire) from that game whose career lasted until the past 10 years was Shawon Dunston, who retired at the end of the 2002 season.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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