Posted: Thursday September 21, 2006 11:40AM; Updated: Thursday September 21, 2006 11:40AM
Jamie Moyer has 214 career wins, including three since joining the Phillies in August.
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When the Seattle Mariners traded Jamie Moyer to the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 19, the 43-year-old southpaw became the oldest pitcher to be dealt for a pennant stretch run since 48-year-old knuckleballer Phil Niekro in 1987. After joining Seattle in a trade with Boston in '96, Moyer went on to amass the most wins, starts and innings pitched in franchise history. "When I came up to the big leagues, some of my current teammates were just being born or maybe just being conceived," he says. "Once I tell them that, their eyes kind of open wide and they say, 'Wow! You are old!"
Over 20 big league seasons with seven teams, the Souderton, Pa., native has been party to some of baseball's most memorable milestones.
On making his major league debut on June 16, 1986, against the Philadelphia Phillies, and beating his boyhood hero, Steve Carlton:
"At that time, I would have been happy if my career ended that day. I had met Carlton at the Vet while I was a student at Saint Joseph's University in Philly. We once played together on an All-Star team, but I don't think I've spoken to him since college."
On pitching to Billy Hatcher in 1987, when the Houston Astros centerfielder was caught using a corked bat:
"Hatcher had tried to bunt off me, but fouled off the pitch. On the next pitch, I jammed him and broke his bat. The barrel rolled out between the mound and third base. When I picked it up and turned it over, I could see a big piece on cork inside. I don't know whether he knew that the bat was doctored -- he claimed he didn't -- but the league suspended him for 10 games anyway."
On being a member of the Chicago Cubs during the first night game at Wrigley Field in 1988:
"Rick Sutcliffe was our starting pitcher. As a young player totally in awe of the ceremony going on, I was just glad the starter wasn't me."
On being Nolan Ryan's teammate in 1989 when the Texas Ranger threw his 5,000th career strikeout:
"It was the fifth inning, Chad Kreuter was the catcher, and Ricky Henderson was the batter. I don't remember the count, but I know the pitch was a fastball. Just about everything Nolan threw was a fastball."