Pitchers & Catchers report to Yanks’ camp today. Ex-Card & Dodger Wally Moon dies.

Yankee Stadium Frieze

Pitchers and catchers report to Yankees’ camp today for physicals. Their first workout is tomorrow.

Position players’ physicals are Sunday, with the first full squad workout on the 19th. The first spring training game is Friday, Feb. 23.

Wally Moon passed away at the age of 87. Moon played for the Cardinals 1954-1958, Dodgers 1959-1965. He won the ROY with the Cards in 1954, hitting .304-12-76, 18 SB and an OPS+ of 110.

He was a 3x All-Star, won a Gold Glove, and was on the 1959, 1963 and 1965 WS winners.

A lefty batter, Moon changed his batting approach when he got to the Dodgers. Since the Dodgers played from 1958-1961 in the L.A. Coliseum, with a ridiculously short 251 to LF, 320 to LCF and a 40′ high screen, Moon would hit balls to the opposite field off or over the screen. These became known as “moonshots.”

The OF/1B finished 27th in MVP voting in 1956, was an All-Star in 1957. In 1959, he was an All-star and finished 4th in the MVP voting, hitting .302-19-74, leading the majors in triples with 11, and he also stole 15 bases. OPS+ 129. He won his Gold Glove in 1960 and finished 13th in MVP voting in 1961.

His career declined after the Dodgers moved out of the Coliseum and into Dodger Stadium in 1962.

For his career, he hit .289 with an OPS+ of 117. His 162 g. average was .289-16-73, 10 SB. He had three .300 seasons.

In WS play, he hit .250-1-2 in 8 games.

 

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