WALLY MOON used this
bat during his rookie year with the Carinals in 1954. He started
fast and ended his rookie season having
ousted popular Cardinal Hall of Famer,
Enos Slaughter from the line-up. Moon
hit .304 with 193 hits, 12 homers
and 76 RBIs and won
the 1954 Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award.
NATIONAL LEAGUE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: 1954
Moon played for Cards, Dodgers
An excellent defensive outfielder, he won a Gold Glove in 1960
WALLY MOON homered in his first major league at-bat as a Cardinal in 1954 en route to batting .304 and winning the Rookie of the Year award.
Wally Moon began his Major League career on April
13, 1954 with the St. Louis Cardinals. He played 12 seasons for
the Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers and ended his big league
playing career in 1965.
Moon homered in his first major league at-bat as a Cardinal in 1954
en route to batting .304 and winning the Rookie of the Year award
over Hank Aaron. He peaked
with 24 home runs in 1957, but was traded to the Dodgers after a
.238 showing in 1958.
"Moon shots" were what they called the home runs that the left handed Moon golfed over the 42-foot wall a mere 250 feet down the Los Angeles Coliseum's left field line with his inside-out swing. Though he didn't hit many of them, the newly arrived Moon hit them early in 1959, and his ingenuity seemed to capture the spirit of the ragtag bunch that took the Dodgers from seventh place in 1958 to the World Championship in 1959.
MOON is congratulated by Red Schoendienst in April
1954 after his first career home
Moon played 12 seasons in the outfield and at first base with the Cards and Dodgers, ending with a .289 lifetime average and 1,399 hits. He was a member of the National League all-star team in 1957 and 1959.
A fine defensive outfielder, he won a Gold Glove in 1960.
WALLY MOON: Did you know...
...Moon attended Texas A&M University.
...Moon was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals before the 1950 season as an amateur free agent.
...Moon was traded in Dec. 1958 by the St. Louis Cardinals
with Phil Paine to the Los
Angeles Dodgers for Gino Cimoli.
...Moon was released by the Los Angeles Dodgers in Oct. 1965.
...Moon scored the last run ever in the Los Angeles Coliseum.
...Moon was born April 3, 1930 in Bay, Arkansas.
MOON played 12 seasons in the outfield
and at first base with the Cards
BIG GUNS: Moon, far
right, at the 1959 all-star game with, left to right, Stan
Musial, Hank Aaron and
SPORTS ILLUSTRATED featured Wally on the cover on April 22, 1957.
WALLY MOON cracks his first career home run at Busch Stadium in April 1954. The Cardinal rookie outfielder stepped into Enos Slaughter's shoes in a big way when he swung in the first inning of the opening game against the Chicago Cubs. The catcher is Clyde Mccullough of the Cubs, the umpire Jocko Conlan.