Moose Solters

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Julius Joseph Solters
born Julius Joseph Soltesz

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 0", Weight 190 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

In 1941, Moose Solters was hit by an errant baseball while walking onto the field at Griffith Stadium, fracturing his skull. Solters attempted a comeback in 1943 but failing eyesight attributed to the injury resulted in him retiring after just 42 games.

Solters then returned to Pittsburgh, PA and opened a tavern in the Beltzhoover neighborhood. Bill Veeck bought Solters' contract in December of 1943 and attempted to talk Solters into another comeback but he was adamant. In 1949, Solters, by then almost totally blind, and a companion were granted free admission to any major league game for the rest of his life. That companion was usually his son Joe.

Sources include the Milwaukee Journal for 11 March 1949, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for 8 February 1949 and 13 December 1949, and The Game That Was: The George Brace Photo Collection by Richard Cahan & Mark Jacob.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (1937)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 3 (1935-1937)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (1936)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (1935)

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