Oct. 29, 2008
PHILADELPHIA - Saint Joseph's Athletics Hall of Famer Jamie Moyer and his Philadelphia Phillies teammates won the 2008 MLB World Series on Wednesday night, defeating the Tampa Bay Rays, 4-3, in Game 5. The Phillies celebrated their first championship since 1980 and the city's first championship since 1983.
Moyer was pivotal to the Phillies' Game 3 win over the Rays as he went six and a third innings giving up just three runs on five hits with five strike outs. The Phillies went on to capture Game 3, 5-4 to put Philadelphia up 2-1 in the Series.
Moyer, who pitched for Saint Joseph's from 1982 to 1984, is in his 22nd season in the major leagues, going 16-7 this season with a 3.71 earned run average. He led the Phillies in wins and at age 46 is the second-oldest pitcher in major league history to win more than 15 games.
Moyer's influence has also been credited with helping the development of Phillies lefthander Cole Hamels. Hamels has become the club's ace and was named the NLCS and World Series' Most Valuable Player after giving up just seven runs in 27 innings while going 3-0 in the two series.
Despite his lengthy career, this was Moyer's first World Series appearance. "I don't know if I understand what's really taken place here," he told reporters after beating the Dodgers in the NLCS. "I don't know if it's really sunk in. I know we're going to the World Series, but it hasn't sunk in."
Prior to his illustrious major league career, Moyer pitched for the Saint Joseph's baseball team. He holds the single-season record for strikeouts, fanning 90 hitters in 1984. He is also tied for third on the career wins list with 16. His jersey, number 10, is the only retired number in the history of Saint Joseph's baseball. He was inducted into the SJU Baseball Hall of Fame in 1997 and was inducted into the first SJU Athletics Hall of Fame class in 1999.
A native of Souderton, Pa., Moyer attended the championship parade in 1980 when the franchise won its only World Series title. He joined his hometown team in 2006 in a late-season trade from the Seattle Mariners before signing a two-year contract with the Phillies.