Moyer Makes History
Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher in baseball history to throw a shutout, when at 47 years, 170 days old, he threw a two-hit shutout tonight in a 7-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
“Cool,” he said.
“Just doing my job.”
Phil Niekro had been the oldest pitcher to throw a shutout when he threw one for the New York Yankees against the Toronto Blue Jays on Oct. 6, 1986, at 46 years, 188 days old. ESPN’s Jayson Stark first found that Satchel Paige had been the oldest non-knuckleball pitcher to accomplish the feat, when he pitched for the St. Louis Browns and threw a 12-inning shutout against the Detroit Tigers at 46 years, 75 days old.
“We knew it was Eighth Wonder of the World type stuff,” Chad Durbin said.
“There’s no ands, ifs or buts about it,” Chipper Jones said. “We didn’t really barrel much hard. The guy is 87 years old and he’s still pitching for a reason. He stays off of people’s barrels. That’s what he did. … That’s about as well pitched of a game by a guy who throws 80 mph that I’ve ever seen.”
“That amazes me,” Charlie Manuel said.
“It was impressive, regardless of how old you are,” Roy Halladay said.
Does Halladay expect to be throwing shutouts at 47?
“No,” he said immediately.
What does he expect to be doing then?
“Fishing,” he said.
“What did I do with the ball?” Moyer said. “I think one of my kids has it. I don’t know if it’s in the (batting) cage and they’re hitting with it, or they’re going to give it to one of the dogs at home.”
Moyer said it was nice to know that some of his children are old enough to have vivid images of this historical night.
“Yeah, I hope they do,” he joked about his boys. “Two of them are teenagers.”
Maybe they were fiddling with their iPods instead?
“There might have been some cute girls around, too,” Moyer said.