MLB pitcher Jamie Moyer set some astonishing records this year. At the age of 49, Moyer became the oldest pitcher to win game and the oldest batter to knock in a run. While most baseball players' careers end somewhere in their mid-to-late 30s, Moyer was able to defy the odds. He was released by the Colorado Rockies after 10 starts this year, but he quickly signed a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles and could be back in the majors in the near future.
His athletic prowess is undeniably impressive, but that's nothing compared to the feats of Don Pelliman, a 95-year-old track and field sensation. In 2009, Pelliman participated in eight events in the National Senior Games at Stanford University. While the simple fact that he could run at all at his age might have impressed some, he broke national and world records for his age group in six of the events he was in. Unfortunately, due to a few technicalities, those records weren't deemed official and were not recognized.
At the 2011 California State Senior Games Championships also held at Stanford, a two-year-older Pelliman put together an even more astonishing performance, and this time, it counted. In the 100-meter dash, Pelliman destroyed the American record of 37.16 seconds with a time of 24.14.
While being able to run at age 95 is impressive enough, he broke both the American and world records with a high jump of 3' 3". Pelliman reportedly cleared the mark handily, but settled for the score so that he could participate in other events.
Perhaps his most unbelievable feats came in the discus throw and the shot put. He made six total throws (three for each event), and broke the national and world records with every single one.
The next time someone says that they're "too old for this," tell them the story of Don Pelliman.
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