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1984 Topps Stickers #365 Lloyd Moseby

Lloyd Anthony Moseby

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[edit] Biographical Information

Lloyd Moseby was signed as a 1st round pick in the 1978 amateur draft by the Toronto Blue Jays and scout Wayne Morgan. He played only 2+ years in the minors, hitting .300 and slugging .500 at every stop.

Moseby played 12 years in the majors, mostly with the Blue Jays. He was sixth in the American League in batting with a .315 average in 1983, led the AL in triples with 15 in 1984 and was named to the All-Star team in 1986.

Moseby had both power and speed, so he was in the top five in Power/Speed Number five times in his major league career. The similarity scores method shows Andy Van Slyke, a contemporary, as the most similar player.

In the bottom of the third inning of the August 16, 1987 game Chicago White Sox at Exhibition Stadium, he successully stole second base, and the throw from the catcher Carlton Fisk went into center field. However, shortstop Ozzie Guillen faked him out by acting as if the ball had been popped up. Thinking that he was about to be doubled off first, he ran back there instead of taking the extra base. Center fielder Kenny Williams threw in to first, but the ball went into the dugout. Moseby made it back safely to second, having run 270 feet to go 90 feet. Rather than being credited with a stolen base, it was ruled that he advanced to second base via Williams' throwing error.

Moseby's nickname - the "Shaker" - derived from his ability to "shake" opponents on the basketball court in his youth.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (1986)
  • AL Silver Slugger Award Winner (1983)
  • AL Triples Leader (1984)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 2 (1986 & 1987)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 2 (1983 & 1987)

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