Saturday, May 08, 2010

Middle-aged athletes 

We should not be mocking our blog host TigerHawk for training for his first triathlon, as he referenced in his tab dump below. It turns out that middle-aged dudes are actually capable of remarkable athletic achievements.

Last night, Phillies pitcher Jamie Moyer threw a complete-game 2-hit shutout against the Atlanta Braves at Citizens Bank Park. Moyer is 47 years old, just a year younger than TigerHawk, and is from the Philadelphia area. Yes, Moyer is a professional athlete, not a CFO, but, looking at him, you would not necessarily know that. He breaks the age record for a complete game shutout in the Majors by nearly a full year -- knuckleballer Phil Niekro threw one for the Yankees in 1985 at age 46. The only non-knuckleballer previously on that top 5 list is the legendary Hall of Famer Satchel Paige (for many years, while he was playing, there was apparent uncertainty as to Paige's actual birth date, but that it settled now as being July 7, 1906), who could not pitch in the Majors until he was 42 years old, because of the color barrier.

I would also mention 42 year-old Boston Bruin Mark Recchi, who had two goals in a playoff game last night, including one in the final minute of regulation with his goalie pulled, to tie the game and send it to OT, but he scored against the Flyers, so I won't go there.


By Blogger Cap'n Rusty, at Sat May 08, 08:01:00 PM:

Nolan Ryan threw his seventh no-hitter at age 44.  

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