Ray Moore (baseball)
June 1, 1926|
|Died: March 2, 1995
|August 1, 1952 for the Brooklyn Dodgers|
Last MLB appearance
|September 3, 1963 for the Minnesota Twins|
Raymond Leroy Moore (June 1, 1926 – March 2, 1995) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators and Minnesota Twins from 1952 to 1963.
A fastballing right-hander, Moore was nicknamed "Farmer" and "Old Blue". He was 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) tall and he weighed 205 pounds.
Moore, who today wouldn't be considered a "control specialist" as he walked as many as 112 batters in a season, was used both as a reliever and starter in his career, starting mostly during his time with the Orioles, to whom he'd been traded for Chico Garcia on October 8, 1954. He also started a large number of games one year with the White Sox. He was involved in a blockbuster deal when he was sent to the White Sox, being traded with Tito Francona and Billy Goodman for Hall of Famer Larry Doby, Jim Marshall, Russ Heman and Jack Harshman.
Perhaps his best season as a starter was 1956, while with the Orioles. That year, Moore posted a 12–7 record with a 4.18 ERA. He also completed nine games that season, a career high. He also had the ninth best hits allowed per nine innings ratio in 1956, with a ratio of 7.83:9.
Moore saw the only postseason action of his career as his White Sox battled the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 1959 World Series. Moore only appeared in one inning in the World Series, striking out one and giving up a hit-a home run by Chuck Essegian.
He was purchased from the White Sox by the Senators a little ways into 1960, and it was with the Senators and Twins (the Senators relocated to Minnesota after 1960) that he became one of the better closers in the league, ranking from 1960 to 1962 third, fourth and seventh in the league in saves, respectively.
Moore finished up his career in 1963, playing his final game on September 6 against the Chicago White Sox, striking out the last batter he faced - Cam Carreon. Overall, he was 63–59 with 560 walks and 612 strikeouts in 10722⁄3 innings. He completed 24 of the 105 games he started, shutting out five of them. Overall, he appeared in 365 games, saving 46.
Moore had a total of six home runs in his career, with as many as three in a season. In 1956, he hit .271 in 70 at-bats. Overall, his batting average was .187 with 56 hits in 299 at-bats. He struck out 99 times and walked seven times in his entire career.
He had a .946 fielding percentage in his career.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube