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Joseph Gregg Moore Sr. (The Gause Ghost)

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Jo-Jo Moore was a leadoff hitter who had a 12-year career with the New York Giants, mostly during the 1930's. His lifetime average was .298.

Moore had cups of coffee in 1930 and 1931, appeared in 86 games in 1932, and then was a regular for the rest of his career. His highest batting average was .331, achieved in 1934, when he was 3rd in the MVP voting.

The Giants went to the World Series in 1933, 1936 and 1937 during his career. In the 1937 Series, he hit .391.

Moore was typically the leadoff batter, and the teammates hitting behind him included Mel Ott, Bill Terry, Lefty O'Doul, Travis Jackson and Dick Bartell. Carl Hubbell was among the pitchers on the team.

In spite of all the other big names on the team, Moore was a star in his own right, being named to the All Star team six times in his nine seasons as a regular.

The most similar player, according to the similarity scores method, is Mickey Rivers from the 1970's and 1980's. However, Mickey was only named to the All-Star team once, so Moore was clearly more prominent in his own time.

Moore was known to be a first-ball hitter, and some opposing managers would fine their pitchers if they threw Moore a strike on the first pitch.

He is listed by Bill James as the # 77 left-fielder of all time.

Moore also played in the minors before and after his major league career, hitting well over .300 a number of times.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 6-time NL All-Star (1934-1938 & 1940)
  • NL At Bats Leader (1935)
  • NL Singles Leader (1936)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (1934-1936)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 2 (1935 & 1936)
  • Won a World Series with the New York Giants in 1933

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