Jamie Moyer, Oldest Winning Pitcher, By the Numbers

Starting pitcher Jamie Moyer of the Colorado Rockies delivers against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. Photograph by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Last night in Denver, Jamie Moyer of the Colorado Rockies became the oldest pitcher ever to record a win in the major leagues. At 49 years and 150 days old, Moyer bested San Diego Padres starter Anthony Bass without ever topping 80 miles per hour on the radar gun. Bass, who is less than half Moyer’s age, was throwing 95. Moyer first took the mound in a big-league game on June 16, 1986. He won that one too, for the Chicago Cubs over the Philadelphia Phillies. He was paid $60,000 that year. The Colorado Rockies did not exist; President Ronald Reagan was pledging support to Nicaraguan freedom fighters in the battle against Soviet-backed communists; Kevin McHale of the world champion Boston Celtics appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated; Patti LaBelle’s synth-heavy duet with Michael McDonald, On My Own, ruled the pop charts; and shares in Apple cost $4.48.

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