|Born: August 9, 1946|
Yazoo City, Mississippi
|Died: March 26, 2018 (aged 71)|
|May 9, 1965, for the Boston Red Sox|
|Last MLB appearance|
|August 9, 1975, for the Chicago White Sox|
|Runs batted in||109|
|Career highlights and awards|
Gerald Braheen Moses (August 9, 1946 – March 27, 2018) was an American professional baseball player. A catcher, he signed a bonus contract with the Boston Red Sox in 1964 and spent his early Major League Baseball career with the Bosox, but over the course of his nine years in MLB Moses would play for seven different teams. He batted and threw right-handed, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 210 pounds (95 kg).
Moses first appeared briefly with the Red Sox in 1965 at age 18 due to his bonus status, hitting a home run for his first hit, and also becoming the youngest player to hit a home run with the Red Sox, but soon returned to the minor leagues for more seasoning. He made the majors for good in 1969, and in 1970 Moses served as Boston's first-string catcher and was selected to the American League All-Star team. But after that season, he was included with Red Sox slugger Tony Conigliaro in a blockbuster trade to the California Angels. He did not win the Angels' starting catcher job and batted only .227 in 1971, and then began his career as a journeyman, never spending more than one full season with the Angels, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox. He served as Detroit's regular catcher in 1974.
All told, Moses played in 386 major league games and collected 269 hits.
Personal life and death
Moses had two children with his wife of fifty years, Carolyn (née Altieri).
After his playing career, Moses was extremely involved with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, championing increased benefits for inactive, non-vested former players who did not originally qualify for pension benefits, and acting as a catalyst for countless charitable events, including the Legends for Youth Clinic Series. Beloved by many due to his kind-hearted nature, Moses served as the chairman emeritus for Major League Alumni Marketing until his passing.
- "Former Red Sox catcher Jerry Moses dead". Retrieved 28 March 2018.
- "Jerry Moses, Red Sox All-Star Catcher, Dead At 71". 27 March 2018. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Baseball-Reference (Minors), or Retrosheet, or SABR Biography Project
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