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John Lester Moss

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Les Moss played in 846 games and only had 1 stolen base in his entire career (it was for the St. Louis Browns in 1946). He was caught stealing 5 times in his career. As a catcher, he had a very respectable 40 percent "Caught Stealing" percentage, and his 13 major league seasons are a testament to his overall value as a solid receiver.

Moss missed the 1944-1945 seasons serving in the Merchant Marine.

Moss played three games for the minor league San Diego Padres in 1960, then retired. He spent the rest of the season as a batting practice catcher for the Chicago White Sox. In 1961 he was a scout for the White Sox. He managed in the minors in 1962-1964, scouted in 1965, managed again in 1966, and was a White Sox coach in 1967-1968. He was also interim manager of the White Sox in 1968. He scouted once more in 1969, coached in 1970, then left the organization in 1971, managing in the minors for the California Angels and Detroit Tigers in the 1970s. He was named manager of the Tigers to begin the 1979 season, but was quickly dismissed, making way for Sparky Anderson, who would manage the team for the next 17 seasons. Moss was a Chicago Cubs coach in 1981 and Houston Astros coach from 1982 to 1989.


Preceded by
Eddie Stanky
Chicago White Sox Manager
1968
Succeeded by
Al Lopez
Preceded by
Ralph Houk
Detroit Tigers Manager
1979
Succeeded by
Dick Tracewski

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs Notes
1962 Savannah White Sox/Lynchburg White Sox South Atlantic League 92-47 1st Chicago White Sox Lost in 1st round
1963 Lynchburg White Sox South Atlantic League 79-61 2nd (t) Chicago White Sox Lost League Finals
1964 Indianapolis Indians Pacific Coast League 89-69 2nd Chicago White Sox
1966 Indianapolis Indians Pacific Coast League 80-68 3rd Chicago White Sox
1968 Chicago White Sox American League 12-24 -- Chicago White Sox interim between Eddie Stanky (34-45) and Al Lopez on July 12-July 13 /
interim for Al Lopez from July 24 to August 23
1971 Shreveport Captains Texas League 69-73 5th California Angels
1972 Salt Lake City Angels Pacific Coast League 80-68 3rd California Angels
1973 Salt Lake City Angels Pacific Coast League 79-65 3rd California Angels
1975 Montgomery Rebels Southern League 73-61 2nd Detroit Tigers League Champs
1976 Montgomery Rebels Southern League 81-56 1st Detroit Tigers League Champs
1977 Evansville Triplets American Association 65-68 6th Detroit Tigers
1978 Evansville Triplets American Association 78-58 2nd Detroit Tigers
1979 Detroit Tigers American League 27-26 -- Detroit Tigers replaced by Dick Tracewski on June 12
1980 Midland Cubs Texas League 10-2 -- Chicago Cubs -- replaced Randy Hundley /
replaced by George Enright

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