Friday, August 17, 2012

#83 - Charlie Moore

What a card: This is Charlie Moore's second straight card with only the outfield position designation. Moore started out as a catcher, then interchanged between catcher and outfielder, then became solely an outfielder, before returning to catcher late in his career. On only his 1984 and 1985 Topps cards is he listed strictly as an outfielder.

My observation on the front: I always wondered what it was like to wear one of those plastic-looking sweat suits, or whatever that thing is. Sure is shiny.

More opinion from me: The catcher-outfield combo isn't exactly unusual, but Moore was the first player that I knew who switched from starting at catcher to starting in the outfield. When he did this in 1982 with the A.L. champion Brewers, I was fascinated.

Something you might know: Moore wore out both the Angels and the Cardinals in the 1982 postseason. He hit .462 in five games of the ALCS against the Angels, and then hit .346 in seven games of the World Series against St. Louis.

Something you might not know: Hank Aaron drove in 2,297 runners during his career. The 2,297th runner was Charlie Moore, who scored on a single by Aaron in the sixth inning on Oct. 3, 1976 against the Tigers.

My observation on the back: It's always comforting when I see a long list of stats all with the same team. Unfortunately, Moore had to ruin the consistency by playing for the Blue Jays the final season of his career in 1987.

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Jeff said...

Funny you mention catcher to outfield and the Angels in the post. Brian Downing was my first notice of a starting catcher moving to the outfield.

Jets Break Jaws said...

Not only did he move to outfield, but he was a really good one, at least defensively.

MCT said...

For some reason, I always liked Moore and tried to collect his Topps card from every year. I have no idea why. He wasn't a star and I wasn't a Brewers fan. There were a few other players I was like that with as well.

jacobmrley said...

Excellent Hank Aaron tidbit.