June 16, 1986

That was the date of Jamie Moyer’s first win. Retrosheet’s box score and play-by-play here. Steve Carlton, now 67 years old, was the opposing starter. Kent Tekulve, now 65, made a relief appearance for the Phillies. Davey Lopes, now 66, was Moyer’s third baseman and the leadoff hitter for the Cubs (he went 0-for-2, walked 3 times, and stole a base).

A week after Moyer’s first win, a man named Eric Thomas developed LISTSERV, the first e-mail list management software. Two weeks after the win, Lindsay Lohan was born. Three months after the win, The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered. Four months after the win, President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met in Reykjavik to discuss scaling back their missile arsenals. Six months after the win, Desi Arnaz (I Love Lucy) died.

The #1 single when Moyer won his first game was “On My Own” by Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald. Five days before the win, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was released in theaters. Theaters were places people watched movies, and paid money to do so.

[The FORTUNE cover in the photo was from a month after the win, July 1986, and the full article about Microsoft’s IPO is here.]

Jeremy Blachman is the author of Anonymous Lawyer, a satirical novel that should make people who didn't go to law school feel good about their life choices. Read more at McSweeney's or elsewhere. He likes e-mail.

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That’s about two months before baseball, and the Angels, hooked me for good. This game, this 9th inning, this roustabout weak hitting shortstop. I know exactly where I was, listening to Al Conin. Amazing that all those guys, even the announcers, are pretty much gone from the scene, but Jamie Moyer is still competing.


Wally Joyner’s and my birthday! Wait, now I feel old. 🙁