The Cuban missile crisis had just ended when Jamie Moyer was born into the world on November 18, 1962 in Sellersville, Pennsylvania.
Bobby Richardson had caught a line drive off the bat of Willie McCovey with two out in the ninth inning, to preserve a World Series championship game win by the New York Yankees over the San Francisco Giants.
Moyer made his professional baseball debut with the Geneva Cubs in the New York – Pennsylvania League, posting a 9-3 record with a 1.89 ERA at the age of 21.
He was 23 when he made his major league debut with the Chicago Cubs in 1986. Moyer was 7-4 with a 5.05 ERA in his first season.
Then Moyer encountered adversity posting five consecutive losing seasons with a 37-50 record with the Cubs, Texas Rangers and St. Louis Cardinals.
The 1992 season was his only season out of the major leagues, when the Detroit Tigers sent him to the Toledo Mudhens of the International League, except for him missing the 2011 season due to injury.
1996 was his breakout season when he posted a 13-3 record with a 3.98 ERA, for the Boston Red Sox and the Seattle Mariners.
Moyer spent 11 seasons in Seattle compiling a 145-87 record in those years. He then pitched five seasons for the Philadelphia Phillies with a 56-40 record.
His record entering the 2012 season is 267-204. He posted 20 win seasons for the Mariners in 2001 and 2003.
One negative statistic that Moyer has posted is his 511 home runs allowed, which is the most of any major league pitcher during their career.
He doesn’t have all the prerequisites expected from a Hall of Fame pitcher. The 2003 All Star game was his only All-Star game appearance. He only has 2,405 strikeouts in his 24 year career. His 4.24 ERA is 962nd on the all time list. He never won a Cy Young Award. He was just a consistently good pitcher that knew how to win baseball games.
Moyer almost has to win 300 games to enter the Hall of Fame, or he could become another Tommy John who posted 288 wins, but is still not in the Hall of Fame.
He will be making his first pitch in a regular season game this month since he was 47. Moyer could have easily been chosen as the ace of the Rockies staff since the No.1 starter Jeremy Guthrie posted a 9-17 record in 2011.