Hall of Fame Offers Jamie Moyer Baseball Historian Internship, If He Ever Retires

Artifacts from Record-Setting Win En Route to Cooperstown

April 19, 2012

COOPERSTOWN, NY – The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will soon receive the cap and the glove worn by 49-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer on Tuesday night in a 5-3 win by the Colorado Rockies over the San Diego Padres, marking his achievement as the oldest pitcher ever to win a major league game.

Now, the national educational institution has an even more hands-on position awaiting the ageless wonder, if he ever chooses to retire.

Following his record-setting performance, in which Moyer broke an 80-year-old record for oldest pitcher to ever record a win – long held by Brooklyn’s Jack Quinn, set on Sept. 13, 1932, when Quinn was 49 years and 70 days old – Moyer was quoted by news organizations saying, “I kind of wish I was a baseball historian.”

To that end, the Hall of Fame has offered 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.

“Jamie Moyer has proven that age is truly just a number,” said Brad Horn, senior director for communications and education at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “By winning a game at the age of 49 years and 152 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.”

Moyer will be eligible to join the Hall of Fame’s internship program following his retirement from the game. The 2012 class of Frank and Peggy Steele interns, featuring 15 students from all across the country chosen from more than 500 applicants, will report 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.

Upon the arrival of Moyer’s cap and glove from his historic feat, the items will be added to the “Today’s Game” exhibit on the Museum’s second floor, as highlights in the “This Year in Baseball” exhibition.

“We are thankful to Jamie for donating these important items of baseball history to Cooperstown so than fans from every generation in which he’s pitched, and for those future generations who might yet see him on the mound in years to come, can enjoy these timeless treasures in perpetuity,” Horn said. “Perhaps one day, even, Jamie will be recognized as not only an important figure in the game’s history on the mound, but as one of the great historians of the game.”

Now in its 12th year, the Frank and Peggy Steele Internship Program has welcomed more than 250 interns in its first 11 years, equipping college students with the knowledge and experience necessary to work in their field of study. For full details on the program, please visit www.baseballhall.org/intern.

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