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Jamie Moyer

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Jamie Moyer of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the San Diego Padres at Coors Field on April 17, 2012. Moyer became the oldest player in MLB history to win a game.

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Updated April 19, 2012

Vital Statistics:

Born: November 18, 1962 in Sellersville, Pa.

Height: 6-0

Weight: 185 pounds

Bats: Left

Throws: Left

Family:Wife, Karen; eight children

Primary position: Starting pitcher

Before the bigs:

  • After graduating from Souderton Area High School in Pennsylvania, he pitched at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia from 1982 to 1984.
  • Set SJU records for strikeouts in a season with 90 and had a career ERA of 1.99. He won 16 games and his 1984 ERA was 1.82, ranked fourth nationally.
  • Drafted in the sixth round of the amateur draft by the Chicago Cubs in 1984, and signed on June 7 that season.
  • Was 9-3 with a 1.89 ERA, striking out 120 in 104.2 innings with Geneva and was a New York-Penn League all-star in 1984.
  • Moved rapidly up the Cubs chain in 1985, going 8-2 with a 2.30 ERA for Class A Winston-Salem and 7-6 with a 3.72 ERA for Double-A Pittsfield.
  • Started 1986 with Pittsfield, going 3-1 with a 0.88 ERA in six starts, and then six more starts with Class AA Iowa, going 3-2 with a 2.55 ERA before being called up to the Cubs for the first time.

Career Highlights:

  • Made his major-league debut with the Cubs on June 16, 1986, pitching against future Hall of Famer Steve Carlton and winning 7-5 over the Phillies. It was the first of 16 starts as a rookie.
  • Threw the first of his 10 career shutouts on Aug. 16, 1986 against the Montreal Expos.
  • Remained in the starting rotation the next two seasons for the Cubs, going a combined 21-30 and pitching more than 200 innings each season.
  • Traded to the Texas Rangers with future star Rafael Palmeiro in a nine-player deal after the 1988 season.
  • Was a combined 6-15 with an ERA of 4.74 in two seasons with the Rangers. Had an injured shoulder in 1989.
  • Released by the Rangers in 1990, he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cardinals for 1991 and was 0-5 with a 5.74 ERA in eight games, seven starts. Was 5-10 with a 3.80 ERA at Triple-A Louisville in 1991, then was released again and signed with the Cubs, failing to make the team. He was offered a coaching job, but instead he signed with a minor-league deal with the Tigers, and spent the entire 1992 season in Triple-A Toledo at age 29, going 10-8 with a 2.86 ERA.
  • Signed a minor-league deal with the Baltimore Orioles in 1993, and went back to the big leagues for good at age 30. Went 12-9 with a 3.43 ERA.
  • Signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox in 1996, and was traded to Seattle for Darren Bragg at the trading deadline. Was a combined 13-3 with a 3.98 ERA, the best winning percentage in the AL.
  • Had his best run of success with the Mariners. Went 17-5 in 1996 and pitched in the postseason for the first time, losing an AL Division Series game against Baltimore.
  • Finished sixth in the AL Cy Young voting in 1999, going 14-8 with a 3.87 ERA. Made the first pitch in the history of Safeco Field on July 15, 1999, a strike to the Padres' Quilvio Veras.
  • Won 20 games for the first time in his career at age 38, finishing fourth in Cy Young voting in 2001 when he went 20-6 with a 3.43 ERA for a Mariners team that won a record 116 games in the regular season. Earned his 150th career win that September. Picked up his first postseason wins in a first-round series against Cleveland, and won in his start in the ALCS against the Yankees.
  • Won a career-best 21 games and made the All-Star team for the first time in 2003 at age 40, going 21-7 with a 3.27 ERA.
  • As the oldest active American League player, he was traded to his hometown Philadelphia Phillies at age 43 in 2006 for two minor-leaguers, neither of whom made the majors.
  • Made a start in 2007 against the Braves' Tom Glavine in the oldest matchup of left-handed starters in MLB history (85 years, 163 days).
  • Went 14-12 in 2007 and 16-7 with a 3.71 ERA in 2008, when the Phillies won the World Series. He was 0-2 in the postseason, but the Phillies won in his only World Series start against Tampa Bay 5-4 and the Phillies won the World Series, giving him his first World Series ring.
  • Signed a two-year, $16 million contract before the 2009 season, and won his 250th career game on May 31, 2009 against the Washington Nationals. Was not on the Phillies' postseason roster in 2009 because of injury.
  • On May 7, 2010, he became the oldest pitcher to ever throw a shutout (47 years, 170 days). He beat the Braves and allowed just two hits.
  • On June 27, 2010, he became the all-time leader in home runs allowed with his 506th, passing Robin Roberts.
  • A free agent after the 2010 season, he injured his elbow pitching in the Dominican league, and had Tommy John ligament transplant surgery on Dec. 1, 2010.
  • Signed a minor-league contract with the Colorado Rockies before the 2012 season.
  • Became the oldest player to ever win a major league game on April 17, 2012, beating the San Diego Padres. He didn't throw a pitch faster than 78 mph in the game.
  • As of April 2012, Moyer won 234 MLB games after age 30 after winning just 34 games in his 20s. Has thrown more than 4,000 big-league innings.

Off the Field:

  • Won the league's Roberto Clemente Award in 2003, honoring his community service work.
  • Won the Branch Rickey Award in 2004, also honoring community service.
  • Worked for ESPN while rehabilitating his elbow in 2011.
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