John Lester Moss
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 205 lb.
- High School Central High School (Tulsa)
- Debut September 10, 1946
- Final Game September 1, 1958
- Born May 14, 1925 in Tulsa, OK USA
- Died August 29, 2012 in Longwood, FL USA
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.
|Chicago White Sox Manager
|Detroit Tigers Manager