“Dee” Moore was born on April 6, 1914 in
Texas. A versatile player who could handle
almost every position, he signed with Los Angeles of the Pacific
Coast League in 1933 playing just four games. In 1934, Moore was
with Ponca City of the Western Association as a catcher, batting
.333 in 41 games and making a further eight appearances with Los
1935 saw the 21-year-old
playing the outfield for
although he also caught 20 games and pitched 16 for a 12-3 record
and 3.33 ERA. He joined
of the South Atlantic League in 1936 where he played the outfield,
catcher, first base and third base, in addition to taking his turn
in the starting rotation late in the season and hurling the
circuit’s only no-hitter.
was called up by the Cincinnati Reds in September 1936. He made one
appearance as a catcher and two as a pitcher – including a start –
and allowed no earned runs over seven innings. Furthermore, he was
4-for-10 at the plate with two doubles and a triple.
struggled at the plate for the Reds in seven games in 1937 and spent
the majority of the season with Syracuse
He remained with Syracuse in 1938 and
was with Indianapolis in 1939. He
was with Birmingham in 1940 and
in 1941 and remained with
But just when Moore’s hopes of getting back to the major
leagues appeared to be slipping away, he was drafted by the Brooklyn
Dodgers and found himself at Ebbets Field on opening day 1943. Moore played 37 games for the Dodgers as a
catcher/third baseman before joining the Phillies in mid-season. He
played a further 37 games with
Philadelphia, batting .239.
entered military service with the Marines at the beginning of 1944
and was stationed at the Marine Corps Base in San Diego where he played baseball on a
regular basis. The following year he was assigned to the Fleet
Marine Force in Hawaii and quickly
established himself as one of the island’s top players. Continuing
his versatile style of play,
caught and played third base for the Marines, while throwing a 7-0
one–hitter and beating Hugh Casey, 3-2, in 11 innings as a pitcher.
|Fleet Marine Force (FMF) Hawaii in 1945
Front row (left to right): Dee Moore, Bob Green, Boots
Back row (left to right): Calvin Medley, Ray Yochim. Bob
Revels and Orin Baker
Private First-Class Moore
was still in Hawaii in the spring of
1946, playing baseball with the Hawaiian All-Stars. He returned to
the Phillies late in the season and played 11 games getting one hit
in 13 at-bats.
Between 1947 and 1951,
played in the Pacific Coast League with
and San Diego.
He remained in baseball during the 1950s as a player/manager with Mexicali, Ogden and Visalia.
Dee Moore passed away on
July 2, 1997 in Williston, North
Dakota. He was 83.