Born: February 7, 1876|
Died: March 7, 1924 (aged 48)|
|May 15, 1901 for the Boston Beaneaters|
Last MLB appearance
|June 30, 1914 for the Philadelphia Phillies|
Career highlights and awards
Patrick Joseph Moran (February 7, 1876 – March 7, 1924) was an American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball. As a manager, he led two teams to their first-ever modern-era National League championships: the 1915 Philadelphia Phillies and the 1919 Cincinnati Reds. Moran's 1919 Reds also captured their first World Series championship.
A native of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Moran played 819 games over 14 National League seasons for the Boston Beaneaters (1901–1905), Chicago Cubs (1906–1909) and Phillies (1910–1914). A right-handed hitter, he batted .235 with 18 home runs. In
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Moran retired as a player after the
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The Phillies then finished second in successive years, to the Brooklyn Robins in
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Moran was not unemployed for long, however. Cincinnati Reds manager Christy Mathewson, the former pitching great, had been stricken with tuberculosis from exposure to poison gas during military maneuvers. When it was apparent that Matthewson was too sick to return for the
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This should have been Moran’s crowning accomplishment. But when it was charged that eight key members of the White Sox had conspired with gamblers to "throw" the series — the infamous Black Sox Scandal — the Reds' achievement was somehow tarnished. (The eight White Sox players were acquitted in a controversial 1920 trial but were nonetheless expelled from baseball.) In the wake of the scandal, Moran, his players and many baseball experts would furiously assert that Cincinnati would have won the series under any circumstances.
Moran remained at the helm in Cincinnati during the early 1920s. Apart from a poor
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Moran won 748 games and lost 586 (.561) as a National League manager over nine seasons. He won six and lost seven World Series games.
- "Pat Moran Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
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