After Colorado Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer beat the San Diego Padres, 5-3, on April 17 to become the oldest pitcher ever to win a major league baseball game, Moyer told the news media, “I kind of wish I was a baseball historian.”
Moyer was responding to the news that at the age of 49 years and 150 days he had broken the age record held by Brooklyn’s Jack Quinn (49 years, 70 days) set on Sept. 13, 1932.
Moyer, who helped the Phillies win a World Series championship in 2008, is already a baseball historian by virtue of his longevity. That aside, the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum is offering the Souderton High graduate and member of the St. Joseph’s University Baseball Hall of Fame a chance to become a real baseball historian.
The Hall of Fame, which will place the cap and glove worn by Moyer in the milestone win among the game’s treasures in Cooperstown, is offering Moyer “the opportunity of a lifetime, to study in Cooperstown as part of the Museum’s Steele Internship Program, should he ever retire from the major leagues.”
Here’s the way Brad Horn, senior director for communications and education at the Hall of Fame put it in a news release: “Jamie Moyer has proven that age is truly just a number. By winning a game at the age of 49 years and 150 days, he’s broken a long-standing record in baseball history. But even more noteworthy in his performance is that Jamie has expressed a desire to become a baseball historian. Through our annual Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program, we are providing learning foundations and educational opportunities to future leaders in baseball research, among many other Museum and baseball disciplines.
Jamie certainly has shown the dedication we look for in our program’s candidates, and we believe that Jamie has the stuff necessary to make it as a Hall of Fame historian, with a little hard work and perseverance.”
As we said, Moyer, having begun his career as a Chicago Cub in 1986, is in some respects already a qualified baseball historian. However, the invitation is good publicity for the Hall’s program. According to the news release, the 2012 class of Frank and Peggy Steele interns, featuring 15 students from all across the country chosen from more than 500 applicants, reports to Cooperstown on May 29 to begin a comprehensive 10-week study, ranging from library and collections management to public programming and baseball research. The application deadline for each year’s class of Steele interns falls at the end of January. For full details on the program, visit www.baseballhall.org/intern .
At the moment, Jamie Moyer has a 1-2 pitching record. Overall, he is 268-206, certainly Hall of Fame consideration material. He was 56-40 in five seasons as a Phillies, 16-7 in the championship year. He still wears No. 50, the same number he wore in Philadelphia. He turns 50 on Nov. 18 of this year. Why do we think he still will be pitching at that age in 2013?