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Jamie Moyer’s quest to become the oldest pitcher to win a Major League Baseball game hit a holding pattern Saturday night in Houston, as the Astros hit Moyer hard. While the ageless wonder notched two strikeouts to move to within 72 K’s of passing Jack Morris, the history-making “W” which would tie him with Jim Palmer remained a bit too elusive.
Despite that, Moyer still cemented his place in history. At 49 years and 140 days when the Colorado Rockies’ season began Friday, Moyer is the oldest starting pitcher to make an opening-day roster. Saturday, Moyer made a bid to surpass Phil Niekro as the oldest starting pitcher at 48 years, 110 days on July 20, 1987 to win a game. For the record, Moyer’s next win would make him the oldest pitcher overall to win a regular season game, eclipsing the record set by reliever Jack Quinn who notched a win at 49 years, 74 days, on Sept. 13, 1932.
And while Moyer put his guile up against an Astros lineup in which three of the starters weren’t even born when he made his major league debut, youth carried the day, keeping the Astros from becoming the proverbial “answer to the trivia question.” The Houston batters stayed back on Moyer’s offerings which rarely topped 79 mph on the radar gun, touching him up for four runs on five hits in his five innings of work. Houston’s Jordan Schafer and J.D. Martinez hit homers off Moyer, moving his all-time total for home runs allowed to 513. Moyer faced 21 batters until being lifted in favor of Tyler Chatwood in the sixth inning.
Despite the Moyer’s loss, it’s time for more fun Jamie Moyer facts. For example, did you know Jamie Moyer allows baseball fans to play their own version of the Kevin Bacon “Degrees of Separation” game? If you start with the premise that Moyer and Niekro’s career’s overlap by two seasons, and that Niekro is now 73 years old, one can work backward through over-lapping careers to link Moyer in less than six steps to old-time baseball.
This isn’t that surprising since Jamie Moyer has been around so long that he’s faced 8.9% of all Major League batters EVER. To this point, there have been 17, 749 major league players in the history of the game, and Moyer has pitched to 1,585 of them.
This is how you can trace five degrees of separation from Moyer to Hall of Famer Christy Mathewson, who won 373 games from 1900-1916. Moyer played with Fernando Valenzuela…Valenzuela played with Jay Johnstone…Johnstone played with Curt Simmons…Simmons played with Rollie Hemsley…Hemsley played with Grover Hartley…and Hartley played with Mathewson.
Better yet, there’s only four links in the chain between Jamie Moyer and Ty Cobb. Moyer played with Dennis Martinez…Martinez played with Brooks Robinson…Robinson played with Hoot Evers…Evers played with Charlie Gehringer…and Gehringer played with Cobb.
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