You Are Here > Baseball-Reference.com > Bullpen > Don Mossi - BR Bullpen

Don Mossi

From BR Bullpen

Jump to: navigation, search
140 pix

Donald Louis Mossi (The Sphinx or Ears)

  • Bats Left, Throws Left
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 195 lb.

BR page

Contents

[edit] Biographical Information

Don Mossi, who was good-natured about having a funny-looking face, was also a good pitcher who won 101 games and had 50 saves in his 12-year major league career.

As a rookie, Mossi starred for the great 1954 Cleveland Indians team that won 111 games. Mossi had a record of 6-1 with 7 saves and a 1.94 ERA.

His peak years in terms of wins were with the Detroit Tigers, where he went 17-9 in 1959 and 15-7 in 1961.

In post-season play, he pitched four innings in the 1954 World Series without giving up a run, and he pitched 2/3 inning in the 1957 All-Star Game without giving up a run.

Mossi was also successful in the minors. During five years in the minors (1949-53) he never had a losing record.

Cited by Bill James and others as one of the least handsome players ever to wear an MLB uniform. Mossi did not have to put up with a demeaning nickname like Cuban counterpart Agapito Mayor, who got the nickname "Triple Ugly". In Ball Four, Jim Bouton had Mossi on the "All-Ugly Nine". Refering to Mossi's protruding ears, Bouton says Mossi "looked like a cab going down the street with its doors open."

In a 1995 interview, Mossi said that he grew up mostly in Daly City, CA. He was born in a small town in California, eventually moved back there and later moved to another small town in northern California.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (1957)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (1959 & 1961)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (1959 & 1961)

[edit] Records Held

  • Fielding percentage, pitcher, career, .990 (tied)

[edit] Related Sites

Personal tools