One thing that Jamie Moyer's comeback, most recently highlighted by his becoming the oldest pitcher to win a game in the Major Leagues, reminds us of is that 1962 was a good year for baseball players and other talented folks. While new Hall of Famers Roberto Alomar (1968) and Barry Larkin ('64) were both born after Moyer, several other top players -- Roger Clemens, Darryl Strawberry, Devon White, Tony Fernandez, Darren Daulton, Wally Joyner, Dave Magadan, to name a few -- were born in 1962, as was A's general manager Billy Beane, the No. 1 overall pick in 1980. Bo Jackson, the two-sport star whose career in both baseball and football ended too soon, is among a host of top National Football League stars born the same year as Moyer, from Hall of Famer Jerry Rice and quarterback Doug Flutie to Herschel Walker -- incidentally, still kicking around in mixed martial arts.More
There's also Kansas Jayhawks coach Bill Self, who led his team into the NCAA Championship Game, and NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, who watched his son play into the Sweet 16 with his alma mater, Gonzaga. Among other famous folks born in 1962, according to famouswhy.com and Wikipedia, there's Hollywood and stage actor Matthew Broderick -- whose famous "sa-wiiiiing, battah" scene at Wrigley Field from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" took place in 1985, one year before Moyer made his debut with the Cubs. There's Anthony Kiedis, who's making a comeback from injury of his own as the Red Hot Chili Peppers frontman hits the road for a tour of the U.S. and Europe following foot surgery -- perhaps a parallel to Moyer coming back from Tommy John surgery. Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Jodie Foster, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jim Carrey, Wesley Snipes -- all born in '62 and bound for boffo box office.
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.Less