Tuesday, September 5, 2017

#699 - Donnie Moore

What a card: Donnie Moore continued to enjoy a career renaissance in 1984, saving what was then a career-high 16 games for the Braves and recording a 2.94 ERA.

My observation on the front: That's a high hat.

More opinion from me: It was a devastating moment for Moore, but when he gave up that home run to the Red Sox's Dave Henderson during the 1986 ALCS, I don't think I had been ever more elated for a team that was not the Dodgers.

Something you might know: Henderson's home run off of Moore turned a 5-4 Angels lead into a 6-5 Red Sox lead with two outs in the ninth inning. The Angels tied the game again, but Moore, still in the game in the 11th, surrendered the winning run on a sacrifice fly by Henderson. Moore killed himself less than three years after throwing that pitch, and many said surrendering Henderson's home run was what drove Moore to suicide.

Something you might not know: Moore's marriage to his wife, Tonya, was tumultuous and Moore was violent toward her. His suicide came after he chased his wife through the house and shot her three times. He then killed himself in front of his young sons. It might not have been the home run.

My observation on the back: Henderson remains the only player to steal 100 bases in a season three times.

The blog wants to speak now: The thunderstorms going off right now are freaking me out, so I'm going to cut this post short.


Jeff said...

Vince Coleman stole 100 bases his first 3 seasons

night owl said...

I was too unnerved from the thunderstorms to read the chart correctly apparently.