Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/6/11
7e



Jamie Moyer wants to pitch again.

Ken Rosenthal tweeted, “Jamie Moyer threw for scouts last Thursday in SD area. Reports from scouts excellent. Nearly a year removed from TJ. Turns 49 Nov. 18.”

A wow tweet from Sam Miller of the Orange County Register, “Jamie Moyer has more wins after his 32nd birthday than Pedro Martinez in his career.”

Soccer – Sir Stanley Matthews
“The Wizard of Dribble” played five days past his 50th birthday and is the only player to have been knighted while still playing. Matthews’ longevity can be credited to being a vegetarian and teetotaler (alcohol-free). Matthews was the oldest player to ever play in England’s top division and the oldest player ever to represent the country.

Remarkably, playing as long as he did, Matthews was never booked or sent off. I can’t say the same for my infinitely briefer career. I was the king of cards, mainly for telling the ref to go “f*** himself.” The official term is dissent.

Matthews made 783 club appearances and was capped 54 times for England before retiring. The former Stoke City and Blackpool legend toured the globe after his playing days, setting up coaching clinics. He gave up his summers every year between 1953 and 1978 to coach poor children in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania.

In 1975, he ignored apartheid and formed an all-black schoolboys team called “Stan’s Men.” They told him it was their dream to one day play in Brazil, and so Matthews organized a trip there. The trip marked the first ever black team to tour outside of South Africa.

Pele, perhaps the greatest soccer player of all time, said Matthews was “the man who taught us the way football should be played.” Enough said.

The International Federation of Football History & Statistics voted Matthews the 11th greatest player of the 20th century (the second best Englishman, one spot below Sir Bobby Charlton). There are two statues of Matthews, one in his hometown Hanley, and another outside Stoke City’s Britannia Stadium, where his ashes are buried at midfield.

Surfing – Kelly Slater
On Wednesday, Slater earned a record 11th Association of Surfing Professionals world title. At 39, Slater has the distinction of being the youngest (20) and oldest world champion in professional surfing history. In his 20-year career, he’s won a record 48 tour events, more than $3 million in prize money, and as we mentioned, those 11 world titles.

He’s also appeared in 10 episodes of “Baywatch,” had his own video game and has dated a healthy stable of beauties. I think he caught Pamela Anderson in between her third and fourth boob job and got to Gisele Bundchen before Tom Brady. Who knows what 40 might bring? He’s far from washed up. He’s currently being linked with Cameron Diaz after her split with Justin Timberlake. Good for Cameron, finally going for someone her own age.

Track and field – John Whittemore
My grandpa competes in Masters swimming events, you know competition for those whose diet consists of pills and soft food. But at 85, he’s still tearing up the pool at the YMCA. I just hope it’s in the genes (though it’s worth mentioning those traits which allowed my uncle to win an Olympic silver medal escaped my genetic makeup). But Grandpa has a ways to go before he catches John Whittemore.

Credited as the world’s oldest athlete before his death in 2000, Whittemore competed all the way up until six weeks shy of his 105th birthday. Again, it was in a Masters event, not the Olympics, but still. He threw the javelin and discus and said at the time, “Where am I?” No seriously, he said, “If I don’t drop it on my foot, I set a world record.”

A former Stanford baseball and tennis player, Whittemore served in both World Wars (Army in WWI; Navy in WWII).

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Kobe Bryant: ‘I Was An Idiot When I Was A Kid’

Anthony Davis wants gold medal more than NBA MVP

Report: Ronda Rousey’s last fight topped 900,000 PPV buys

Rose issues statement denying sexual assault allegations

Giants’ rookie Tomlinson blasts a grand slam for first MLB home run

Coughlin treats training camp-weary Giants to ‘spa day’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Wilson: Comments about miracle water ‘perceived wrong’

Ryan Mallett missed Texans practice after oversleeping

Report: Barry Bonds loses collusion case

Martavis Bryant reportedly failed multiple marijuana tests

Mortensen: Krafts called me to apologize amid Deflategate drama

Packers smart to sit Aaron Rodgers for rest of preseason

Is it safe to say Justin Verlander is officially back?

Melvin Upton Jr. channels Willie Mays with catch

John Elway talks up Colin Kaepernick: ‘I’ve always liked Colin’

Enrique Hernandez falls down trying to hit Aroldis Chapman pitch

How the Chicago Cubs are swinging

WATCH: McElwain surprises six players with scholarships

LeBron James gives shout out to writer recovering from surgery

Frank Gore calls Andrew Luck ‘football God’

Eddie Royal joins the list of injured Bears receivers

Terry Stotts, Damian Lillard and the shapeless Trail Blazers

Jim Harbaugh thought phone call from Michael Jordan was a prank

The Buffalo Sabres have a 96% season ticket renewal rate

Karl-Anthony Towns is perfect for today's NBA

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

How the Chicago Cubs are swinging

Report: Barry Bonds loses collusion case

Packers smart to sit Rodgers for rest of preseason

Towns is perfect for today's NBA

The Opening Drive: Utah alum Jordan Gross is fed up with the HarBros

Five greatest NBAers without a ring

Exactly how bad is the NL East?

Five potential college football Week 1 shockers

Top 10 storylines for Week 3 of the NFL preseason

Wilson’s ‘Recovery Water’ plug sends the wrong message

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker