Saturday, February 6, 2010

#37 Billy Moran

Custom Autograph card
William Nelson Moran
Bats: Right, Throws: Right
Height: 5' 11", Weight: 185 lb.
Born: November 27, 1933 in Montgomery, AL
Debut: April 15, 1958 Cleveland Indians
Final Game: September 28, 1965 Cleveland Indians

Aquired by trade from Toronto (International) to the Los Angeles Angels for Ken Hamlin and Russ Heman on June 22, 1961.

1963 Topps

Entered game in the 3rd as a pinch hitter for starter Ted Bowsfield, and walked as part of a 5-run inning in an 8-6 loss to Baltimore at Wrigley Field, LA on June 23, 1961.

1961 - 1964
Hit .275 with 448 hits in 417 games.
1962 AL All-Star in both games

Custom Index card

Infielder Billy Moran was signed by the Cleveland Indians as an amateur free agent before the 1952 season. The eighteen year old was assigned to the Green Bay Bluejays of the class D Wisconsin State League. He moved up in the minors through 1954. The next two years (1955-56) Moran would be with the United States Military Services during the Korean War.
Back from the Military Service in 1957 Billy would play second base for the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. The Indians would give Moran his first look at the major league style of play in 1958 and he hit .226 in 115 games as a rookie. Billy returned to the minor leagues for three more years before flourishing during the 1962-63 seasons with the expansion Los Angeles Angels. In 1962 he led all American League second sackers in assists while hitting .282 with 17 home runs to help lead the second year team to a surprising first division finish. He was also a starter for the American League in both All-Star Games played that summer.
Moran was traded back to Cleveland midway through the 1964 season and was gone from the major leagues a year later with a seven year .263 career average. Billy would finish up his pro baseball in the minors with the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League in 1965.

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