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Charlie Moran

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Charles Barthell Moran
(Uncle Charlie)

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Biographical Information[edit]

Charlie Moran played in the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1903 and again in 1908, appearing in 16 games at catcher, 3 at pitcher and 1 at shortstop. He coached Texas A&M University from 1909-1914 and was also a National League umpire from 1918 to 1939. He worked over 3,000 games and was an umpire for four World Series.

Charlie played many years in the minors and also managed at least five seasons.

He is not to be confused with Charles Moran, who was also in the majors at the same time. The way that Sporting Life dealt with the two was to describe Charles as "Charlie Moran the shortstop", or "Charlie Moran the second baseman" or "Charlie Moran the Georgetown boy", while the other fellow was "Charlie Moran the catcher". Either one could be referred to as "Charley" rather than "Charlie". Other Morans added to the possible confusion - the Sporting Life issue of October 25, 1902, believed that a story about Charles possibly going to play with Boston appeared because some writer had confused Charles with Pat Moran, a Boston catcher in 1902.

Although he was called Charlie the catcher, Moran did some pitching during his early years in the minors (and in the majors). He was 10-7 in 1902. He also appears to have played primarily first base in the minors in 1903.

"Under Uncle Charlie Moran, who had been an assistant coach at Carlisle in the days of Jim Thorpe, and then a head coach at Texas A&M; the (Centre College) Praying Colonels as they were now known . . . played a wide-open style of football for that era." - from the College Football Historical Society newsletter for August 1996

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