Tuesday, January 14, 2020

NOT REALLY MISSING IN ACTION- 1976 DONNIE MOORE

Today on the blog I’ve come to a “not so missing” card creation that had me second-guessing myself: do I go and create a card for a man who hurt others as well as himself later in life?
I do my best to stay away from such things on the blog, but I went ahead and created a 1976 card for former reliever Donnie Moore, a tragic figure in Major League Baseball’s history:


Moore made his MLB debut in 1975 with four appearances, one of those a start, for the Chicago Cubs, posting and earned run average of 4.15 without a decision in 8.2 innings.
He would go on to spend the rest of his 13-year Major league career as a reliever with the Cubs (1975-1979), St. Louis Cardinals (1980), Milwaukee Brewers (1981), Atlanta Braves (1982-1984) and California Angels (1983-1988), having his best years with the Angels.
In 1985 he would be named to his only All-Star team and get both MVP and Cy Young consideration when he went 8-8 with an ERA of 1.92 along with 31 saves, easily his best year in the Big Leagues.
Between 1975 and 1988, he’d finish his career with a record of 43-40, with an ERA of 3.67 and 89 saves over 416 appearances and 654.2 innings pitched.
Sadly, he will always be remembered for what happened about a year after his career ended when he shot his wife (who survived), and then killed himself in their home, with some unscrupulous journalists taking this as a chance to try tying it to his blown save in the 1986 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox.
On a personal note, when this happened I was a journalism major in college, eventually finishing up my degree a couple of years later, but this was one of the nails in my coffin as far as continuing as a reporter/journalist was concerned.
The way sports writers tried twisting the story to connect it to baseball to garner more eyes to their columns was disgusting, and helped me see what a joke it all was.
Just my two cents for what it’s worth.

3 comments:

  1. Nice card from my favorite year as a kid growing up collecting cards. Definitely sad the way writers spun the story of his death. Is there an email link to contact you somewhere on your blog page or elsewhere? Thanks and please keep up the great work.

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  2. Nice card. Saw the name and immediately remembered the blown save and eventual suicide. I was one of those who always tied his name to blown save/suicide. Thanks for your comments and perspective. I can now remember Donnie Moore in a different perspective.

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