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A lot of people know Jamie Moyer is the oldest player currently in spring training. If you’ve been following our Jamie Moyer coverage, you know that he’s got a pretty good shot at making the roster of the Colorado Rockies. But simply sticking to that one number obscures some real “WTF” type facts. Here’s 16 Jamie Moyer facts that you may not have known.
FACT: Jamie Moyer was born November 18th, 1962, which was four months before the Beatles released their first album in Britain.
FACT: Moyer was one year and four days old on November 22nd, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assasinated; and was six years old during the first moon landing on July 20, 1969.
FACT: Former Notre Dame head basketball coach and current ESPN talking head Digger Phelps is Jamie Moyer’s father-in-law.
FACT: You need to be careful when doing a web search for “Jamie Moyer.” A simple typo can lead you to a comedian named Jaime Moyer.
FACT: In his 25 seasons in the Major Leagues, Moyer has pitched in a total of 49 different ballparks, including 14 that no longer exist.
FACT: Jamie Moyer was the starting pitcher for the Cubs on the last day Wrigley Field didn’t have lights (Wrigley didn’t have night baseball until 1988).
FACT: While most pitchers age like milk, Moyer aged like a fine wine. From ages 27 to 29, Moyer sported a record of 2-11. From ages 38 to 40, Moyer went 54-21.
FACT: Jamie Moyer is second in career wins after the age 40, with 103 (Phil Niekro is the record-holder at 121).
FACT: Jamie Moyer’s best fastball (most recently clocked at 82 mph) would have a hard time getting a speeding ticket in some counties in Texas.
FACT: The Colorado Rockies franchise is entering its 20th season. Jamie Moyer pitched in 141 Major League games before the Rockies ever played their first in 1993.
FACT: 46 players appeared in games for the Rockies in their inaugural season. Only seven of them are older than Jamie Moyer (49) is today.
FACT: The average age of a Major League manager is now 50. Did you spot the two current managers in the above list? Those aren’t the only current major league managers to whom Moyer is senior. In addition to Eric Wedge and Joe Girardi, Moyer is older than:
FACT: Moyer has pitched 4,020.1 innings, which is exactly 3,000 more innings than his most seasoned competition Jeremy Guthrie (1,021.1). Moyer’s total is also 1,586 more innings pitched than Guthrie, Jorge de la Rosa (769.2), Jhoulys Chacin (342.1), Tyler Chatwood (142.0), and Esmil Rogers (159.0) combined.
FACT: Not only do Jamie Moyer and Bear Grylls share a resemblance, they also share survival skills.