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Curtis Charles Moore, Sr.

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Curtis Moore was drafted in the first round, seventh overall, by the Atlanta Braves in the 1968 amateur draft. He played in the minor leagues until 1979 and nearly set a AAA league's walk record, though he never reached the major leagues.

Moore was the second outfielder taken in 1968, following Bobby Valentine. In his pro debut, he hit .273/.436/.426 for the Magic Valley Cowboys. He led the Pioneer League with 53 walks, tied for the lead in sacrifice flies (4), led in times caught stealing (5) and was second to Garry Maddox in outfield errors (7). He was named the league's All-Star utility outfielder, with Valentine, Damon Howell and Larry LaGarde being picked as the three top outfielders. In 1969, Moore struggled for the Greenwood Braves, hitting only .222/.343/.275 with no homers in 167 AB, while fielding just .925. Back with Greenwood in 1970, the Denison native improved to .307/.462/.522 with 11 HR, 72 walks, 71 runs and 10 steals (in 12 tries) over 85 games. Defense remained an issue, as he fielded .910 in the outfield. Had he qualified, he would have been 4th in the Western Carolinas League in batting average and first in OBP.

Curtis bounced around in 1971 with stints for the Raleigh-Durham Triangles (2 for 10, 2B), Savannah Indians (.205/.303/.280 in 64 G) and Richmond Braves (6 for 41, 2 HR, 9 BB, 16 K). He split 1972 between Greenwood (.286/.381/.482, 15 SB, 2 CS, 14 HR) and the Savannah Braves (0 for 1, BB). His defense was better, as he fielded .950 for Greenwood. He was 8th in the Western Carolinas League in average, between Rob Wilfong and Robert Spinner.

In 1973, he got into 45 games between the Kinston Eagles and Wilson Pennants with a combined line of .239/.370/.364. Moore played 108 games for Savannah in 1974 and batted .283/.425/.498 with 17 home runs and 78 walks. Mostly a DH, he tied Terry Clapp for 5th in the Southern League in walks and tied Jim Buckner for fourth in dingers.

Moore would spend his final five seasons in the Mexican League. In 1975, he hit .295/.424/.565 with 19 home runs, 60 walks and 65 runs in 88 games for the Jalisco Charros. He joined the Dorados de Chihuahua in 1976 and produced at a .282/.457/.545 clip with a career-high 28 home runs, 129 walks and 108 runs. He also drive in 72 and stole 14 bases in 20 tries. He led the Mexican League in walks and runs and was second to Jack Pierce in circuit clouts. He was two walks shy of tying William Parlier's league record. He failed to make the LMB All-Star outfield as Lambert Ford, Vic Davalillo and Miguel Suárez were chosen instead.

With Chihuahua again in 1977, Moore fell to .235/.400/.465 with 24 home runs, 105 walks and 76 runs. He was still third in home runs (behind Ismael Oquendo and Reggie Sanders) and fourth in walks (trailing Joe Pactwa, Hal King and Pat Bourque). He remained with the Dorados for 1978 and batted .294/.399/.425 in 45 games. He ended his career with the 1979 Saraperos de Saltillo, hitting .250/.362/.413.

After baseball, he worked for Napo Auto.

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