Bob Moose

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Bob Moose
Bob Moose 1972.jpg
Moose in 1972
Born: (1947-10-09)October 9, 1947
Export, Pennsylvania
Died: October 9, 1976(1976-10-09) (aged 29)
Martins Ferry, Ohio
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 19, 1967, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Last MLB appearance
September 25, 1976, for the Pittsburgh Pirates
MLB statistics
Win–loss record76–71
Earned run average3.50
Career highlights and awards

Robert Ralph Moose Jr. (October 9, 1947 – October 9, 1976) was an American professional baseball player. He played his entire career in Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1967 through 1976. Moose was a member of Pirates teams that won five National League Eastern Division titles in six years between 1970 and 1975 and, won the World Series in 1971

His best season came in 1969 when he posted a 14–3 won-loss record and a 2.91 Earned Run Average working equally as a starter and reliever. On September 20 of that year, he no-hit the eventual World Series champion New York Mets.[1] He is also known for his wild pitch in the bottom half of the ninth inning which allowed George Foster to score the winning run in the fifth and deciding game of the 1972 NLCS, sending the Cincinnati Reds to the World Series after Pittsburgh had a one-run lead entering the bottom of the ninth.[2]

During the 1974 season, Moose suffered a blood clot under the shoulder of his pitching arm. Surgery was required to remove the clot plus one of Moose's ribs.[3]

Moose was killed in a two-vehicle auto accident on Ohio Route 7 in Martins Ferry, OH, heading to Bill Mazeroski's golf course in Rayland, Ohio, on his 29th birthday.[4]

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  1. ^ Moose's no-hitter gets Bucs by Mets. The Tuscaloosa News (September 21, 1969).
  2. ^ Wild pitch puts Cincy in Series. Lawrence Journal-World (October 12, 1972).
  3. ^ Moose comes back to help Pirates gain on Phillies. The Dispatch (September 13, 1975).
  4. ^ Moose dies in accident. The Morning Record (October 11, 1976).

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Preceded by
Ken Holtzman
No-hitter pitcher
September 20, 1969
Succeeded by
Dock Ellis