Dec 21, 2012

Three Time New York Giants World Series Outfielder: Jo Jo Moore (1930-1941)

Joseph Gregg Moore was born on December 25th 1908 in Gause Texas. The five foot eleven left hand hitting outfielder would be nicknamed the Gause Ghost.

He would make brief appearances for the New York Giants in 1930 & 1931 while he was tearing up the minor leagues batting .350 or better both years.

In 1932 long time manager John McGraw finally retired & the club was taken over by Bill Terry. That year Moore slowly worked his way into a starting outfield job by the end of the year. He hit .305 while having a twenty game hit streak despite playing in just 86 games (361 at bats).

In 1933 the Giants went on to win their sixth World Series title, with Moore as their leadoff man. Moore was notorious for swinging at the first pitch, especially starting out a game. Opposing managers were known to fine their pitchers if they threw Moore a strike on the first pitch.

Many times pitchers would throw at him right away & try to keep him off the plate. His room mate Hank Lieber once threatened Dizzy Dean that he'd break every bone in his body if he didn't stop throwing at Moore. He was a great contact line drive hitter who never struck out more than 37 times in a season.

In his first full season he batted .292 hit no HRs & drove in 42 runs. In the 1933 World Series win over the Washington Senators he batted just .227 with an RBI in the Giants six run Game #2 6th inning at the Polo Grounds.

The next season he batted .331 (7th best in the NL) with 192 hits 106 runs scored (7th in the NL) making the All Star team & earning votes for the MVP Award. That year he established himself as having one of the league's best left fielders arms & being a fine defensive player for the remainder of the thirties. He would lead all left fielders in assists three times (1936-1937-1939) fielding, games played & errors one time each.

After two more seasons the Giants won back to back pennants in 1936 & 1937. Moore would hit over .310 both seasons & continue a stretch of making the All Star games five straight years.

In 1936 he had 205 hits (5th in the NL) , his second straight 200 hit season, leading the league in singles (160). He posted a .358 on base % & scored 110 runs (6th in the NL), the third straight season with over 100 runs scored.

Post Season: He struggled again the World Series loss to the AL New York club batting just .214 but did score four runs, tied with Mel Ott for second most in the Series. He hit a HR in the final Game #6 driving in his only run of the Series.

He followed up batting .310 in 1937 with a .364 on base %, setting a record with nine hits in a five game World Series. Although the Giants lost that World Series, they were the NL Champions once again. Moore had his best Series hitting .391 nine hits, an RBI & a run scored.

He would bat over .300 for the last time in 1938 as the Giants fell to third place. He would be a life long Giant playing there from 1930-1941 in 1335 games.

He batted .298 with 1615 hits 79 HRs 258 doubles 53 triples 809 runs scored 513 RBIs & a .344 on base %. In 5427 at bats he struck out just 247 times. He made six All Star appearances & three World Series appearances winning one Championship.

As a left fielder he played in 1249 games (32nd all time) making 109 assists (18th all time) with 2365 put outs (31st all time) making 64 errors (28th all time).

Passing: Moore lived until 92 years old, passing in Texas in 2001.

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