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More on Moyer

Five oldest pitchers to record a major league victory.

More on Moyer

Jamie Moyer picked up his 268th career win, tying him with Jim Palmer for 34th on the career list. (Chris Schneider/AP)
Jamie Moyer picked up his 268th career win, tying him with Jim Palmer for 34th on the career list. (Chris Schneider/AP)

The best feel-good baseball story of the year so far has to be former Phillie Jamie Moyer setting the record for oldest pitcher to record a major league victory.

He did so Tuesday (left) at the ripe, young age of 49 years, 151 days. He'll have a chance to reset that record when he takes the mound again early next week.

Here are the five oldest pitchers to earn a victory in Major League history (source: STATS INC.):

 Date  Pitcher  Age  Team  Opponent    Score
 April 17,
 49/151  Rockies  Padres  5-3
 Sept. 13, 
 49/  74   Dodgers   Cardinals  6-5
 July 20,
 48/110  Indians  at Royals  9-5
 Sept. 2,
 48/  38  Braves  Dodgers  4-3
 Sept. 22,
 47/  77  Browns  at Tigers  7-3
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