Thursday, 19 April 2012

How Old in Dog Years


Two nights ago, Colorado Rockies' pitcher Jamie Moyer pitched seven strong innings in defeating the San Diego Padres 5-2.

Moyer at 49 years of age (he will be 50 in November) thus became the oldest man ever to win a major league baseball game, breaking an 80 year old record.  For the curious, that record was set by Jack Quinn, of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

It's truly a remarkable feat.

Jamie Moyer made his major league debut in 1986, facing off and defeating the Philadelphia Phillies.  His opposing pitcher that day?  Steve Carlton.

To put it in perspective, six of the players on the San Diego roster were not even born when Moyer made his debut.  The Rockies themselves did not start play for nearly another decade.

Here is the box score for the June, 1986 game:

Batting AB R H RBI SO
   Tom Foley PH-SS 1 0 0 0 0
Ron Roenicke CF 4 1 3 0 0
   Greg Gross PH-LF 0 0 0 0 0
Mike Schmidt 1B 5 1 1 1 1
Von Hayes LF-1B 3 1 2 1 0
Juan Samuel 2B 4 1 2 1 0
Rick Schu 3B 4 1 1 0 0
   Darren Daulton PH-C 1 0 0 0 0
   Jeff Stone PH 1 0 0 0 0
Glenn Wilson RF 5 0 1 0 1
John Russell C 2 0 0 0 1
Steve Jeltz SS 3 0 0 1 0
Steve Carlton P 2 0 0 0 0
   Don Carman P 0 0 0 0 0
   Tom Hume P 0 0 0 0 0
   Kent Tekulve P 0 0 0 0 0
Team Totals 35 5 10 4 3

PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Steve Carlton, L (4-8)3.264442
Tom Hume1.132202
Kent Tekulve211111
Don Carman100001
Team Totals8107756

Batting AB R H RBI
Davey Lopes 3B 2 1 0 1
Shawon Dunston SS 5 0 1 2
Ryne Sandberg 2B 4 0 2 1
Keith Moreland RF 4 2 2 0
Gary Matthews LF 4 0 2 0
   Jay Baller P 0 0 0 0
   Jody Davis C 0 0 0 0
Leon Durham 1B 4 1 1 2
Jerry Mumphrey CF-LF 4 1 2 1
Steve Lake C 3 1 0 0
   Lee Smith P 0 0 0 0
Jamie Moyer P 2 1 0 0
   Dave Martinez CF 1 0 0 0
Team Totals 33 7 10 7


PitchingIPHRERBBSO
Jamie Moyer, W (1-0)6.185432
Jay Baller, H (5)110020
Lee Smith, S (9)1.210001
Team Totals9105453



Also on the Cubs' roster that day (though not playing) was Ron Cey.  Terry Francona was also on the Phillies at the time.  The losing pitcher (Carlton) began his career in 1965, in a game where Francona's father pinch hit. Carlton came on as a reliever for Bob Gibson.


In the nearly 26 years since, Moyer has pitched more than four thousand innings, and allowed 513 home runs, the most in the history of the game.

Moyer is a year younger than President Obama.  He's three years older than John F Kennedy was when Kennedy was murdered in 1963.

I'm 42 years old - seven years younger than Moyer.  I'm not a professional athlete to be fair, but I try to stay in some sort of shape.  I get a stiff neck from lifting my suitcases.

He doesn't look a day over 100.



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