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Joseph Douglas Moeller

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Joe Moeller pitched eight years with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1962 to 1971. When he came up in 1962, he was the second youngest player in the National League. In 1966, he appeared in the World Series.

Moeller was signed in 1960 and came to the Reno Silver Sox in 1961, where he went 12-3 with 5 shutouts in half a season. He moved up to the Greenville Spinners and the Spokane Indians the same year (Moeller would be at Spokane at various times from 1961 to 1968).

The next season, 1962, he was in the majors, making his debut on April 12th. He went 6-5 on the season but had some wildness, giving up 58 walks in 85 2/3 innings.

After spending 1963 in the minors, he came back to the Dodgers in 1964 with much better control, giving up only 31 walks in 145 1/3 innings, but he compiled a record of 7-13.

In 1966, he got his ERA down to 2.52 in 29 appearances, mostly in relief.

It would be 1970 before he pitched 100 innings in a season again, posting a record of 7-9 in 135 1/3 innings in 31 games, about half of which were starts.

Although Moeller was never a big star with the Dodgers, he lasted a long time with them. He came up in 1962 when Duke Snider was still on the team, and lasted through 1971 when Bill Buckner was a 21-year-old prospect.

As of 2008, he was the advance scout for the Florida Marlins.

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