Stars born in '62 show appreciation for Moyer
Rockies veteran lefty impresses peers with passion for game
Anybody pushing 50 or having already hit the half-century mark -- that is, anybody born in 1962 like Jamie Moyer -- must hold a special appreciation for what the seemingly ageless left-hander will do this weekend.Anyone who is Vintage 1962 has to be with the guy, all the way. At age 49, just seven months shy of receiving an invitation to join the AARP, Moyer will be registering an ERA in the Major Leagues starting Saturday with the Colorado Rockies -- who incidentally had not begun their 20-year history when Moyer entered the Majors in 1986. (Yes, you could say he's older than the Rockies, or you might check Twitter for even better Moyer age jokes.) Of the dozens of boys born in 1962 who grew up to put on a Major League uniform, only Moyer -- born Nov. 18, 1962 -- is standing between the lines. Moyer will be trying to become the oldest pitcher to win a game when he gets his first assignment for the Rockies on Saturday.
Moyer among athletes, entertainers born in '62
It's the kind of story that hits home for anyone the same age as Moyer, a feat that can bring a sense of pride to someone in any walk of life.With that in mind, MLB.com sought out a few thoughts from others who are, like Moyer, Vintage 1962 and have a passion for baseball:
Eric Davis, Reds special assistant to the GM
Born on May 29, 1962, Davis was drafted four years before Moyer, coming straight out of high school in L.A. while Moyer went to St. Joseph's (Pa.) University. By the time Moyer was drafted in 1984, Davis was already turning heads with his tools in the Majors, debuting with the Reds at age 22 en route to two All-Star appearances and three National League Gold Glove Awards.
Pam Shriver, tennis player/television analyst
Born on July 4, 1962, Shriver is a 23-time winner of Grand Slam titles, 22 in doubles and one in mixed doubles, and a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Shriver has been a bold and insightful presence in tennis coverage with ESPN since her retirement at age 34. She also happens to be a minority owner of the Baltimore Orioles. At the outset of her tenure, Moyer pitched for the O's from 1993-95.
John Farrell, Blue Jays manager
Born on Aug. 4, 1962, Farrell is entering his second season at the helm of the Blue Jays after 10 years in coaching and parts of eight seasons as a pitcher in the American League prior to that. He was a second-round pick out of Oklahoma State in that 1984 Draft, four rounds ahead of Moyer, and finished his playing career at age 34. After attaining a degree at OSU, Farrell went into coaching and player development before earning his spot at the helm of the Blue Jays last year.
Nick Turturro, actor/fan
Born on Jan. 29, 1962, Turturro showed his baseball fanaticism, and especially his love for the Yankees, in the MLB Network series "I Breathe Baseball." With dozens of credits on the big screen and television, Turturro has a passion for acting that might only be exceeded by his passion for baseball, which he's shared in media appearances and hopes to bring across in a podcast project.
Mark Gardner, Giants bullpen coach
Born on March 1, 1962, Gardner debuted in 1989 was a starter and sometimes reliever for the Expos, Royals and Marlins before joining the Giants in 1996, in many ways a peer of Moyer's for more than a decade. He's been with the Giants ever since, serving as the team's bullpen coach after his retirement in 2001 and perpetuating many community-minded efforts begun with his late wife, Lori. The Giants' relief corps he oversees has been among the elite in the NL the past several years, and he'll be in the bullpen when Moyer is expected to make his second start of the season Thursday vs. the Giants.
John Schlegel is a national reporter for MLB.com. Reporters Gregor Chisholm and Mark Sheldon contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.