Wally Moon Stats

Wally Moon was born on Thursday, April 3, 1930, in Bay, Arkansas. Moon was 24 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 13, 1954, with the St. Louis Cardinals. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Wally Moon baseball stats page.

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"Wally Moon patrolled the outer garden for Los Angeles for seven years, helping the Alston-men win three World Championship trophies ( 1959 , 1963 , 1965 ) along the way. The native of Bay, Arkansas, played his first three years in L.A. in the infamous Coliseum, with its 250-foot left-field wall surmounted by a 40-foot-high screen. Although the right-field foul pole was only 301 feet from the plate, the field opened up rapidly, to a cavernous 390 feet, just 15 feet inside the foul pole. The right center field fence was 440 feet from the plate, while deep center field was 420 feet away. Right field was death on left-handed hitters. Moon, a lefty, knew his future wasn't toward right field, so he invented the cleverly efficient inside-out stroke that allowed him to hit pop flies over the short left field scree. They were called Moon-shots by the media, and they soon became part of the Dodger baseball lexicon. Wally Moon hit a total of 49 home runs between 1959 and 1961. Thirty-seven of them were hit in the Coliseum." - Author William McNeil in The Dodgers Encyclopedia (Sports Publishing LLC, 04/01/2001, 'Wally Moon', Page 75)

Wally Moon

Wally Moon Autograph on a 1958 Topps Baseball Card (#210 | <a href='../baseball_cards/baseball_cards_oneset.php?s=1958top01' title='1958 Topps Baseball Card Checklist'>Checklist</a>)

Wally Moon Autograph on a 1958 Topps Baseball Card (#210 | Checklist )

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Birth Name:
Wallace Wade Moon
Nickname:
Wally
Born On:
04-03-1930  (Aries)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Bay, Arkansas
Year of Death Data Died On:
02-09-2018 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Bryan, Texas
Cemetery:
College Station Cemetery, College Station, Texas
High School:
Bay High School (Bay, AR)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Left
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
175
First Game:
04-13-1954 (Age 24)
Last Game:
09-12-1965
Draft:
Not Applicable / Signing Bonus = $6,000

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Wally Moon Pitching Stats

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Wally Moon Hitting Stats

1954 24 Cardinals 151 635 106 193 29 9 12 1 76 71 3 73 2 7 1 10 .304 .371 .435
1955 25 Cardinals 152 593 86 175 24 8 19 2 76 47 4 65 1 1 3 11 .295 .349 .459
1956 26 Cardinals 149 540 86 161 22 11 16 1 68 80 7 50 1 0 1 13 .298 .390 .469
1957 27 Cardinals 142 516 86 152 28 5 24 0 73 62 12 57 0 7 1 14 .295 .367 .508
1958 28 Cardinals 108 290 36 69 10 3 7 0 38 47 5 30 1 2 0 9 .238 .342 .366
1959 29 Dodgers 145 543 93 164 26 11 19 0 74 81 1 64 8 2 3 9 .302 .394 .495
1960 30 Dodgers 138 469 74 140 21 6 13 1 69 67 4 53 4 6 1 21 .299 .383 .452
1961 31 Dodgers 134 463 79 152 25 3 17 0 88 89 9 79 4 4 1 9 .328 .434 .505
1962 32 Dodgers 95 244 36 59 9 1 4 0 31 30 3 33 2 1 1 6 .242 .326 .336
1963 33 Dodgers 122 343 41 90 13 2 8 0 48 45 5 43 4 5 1 12 .262 .345 .382
1964 34 Dodgers 68 118 8 26 2 1 2 0 9 12 3 22 2 0 0 4 .220 .292 .305
1965 35 Dodgers 53 89 6 18 3 0 1 0 11 13 3 22 2 0 0 3 .202 .304 .270
12 Years 1,457 4,843 737 1,399 212 60 142 5 661 644 59 591 31 35 13 121 .289 .371 .445

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Wally Moon Fielding Stats

1954 Cardinals CF 140 140 3,801 385 2.8 377 368 9 8 2 n/a n/a n/a .979 2.68
1954 Cardinals LF 9 8 234 13 1.4 12 11 1 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .923 1.38
1955 Cardinals 1B 51 48 1,251 486 9.5 479 445 34 7 40 n/a n/a n/a .986 10.34
1955 Cardinals CF 47 43 1,170 107 2.3 106 106 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .991 2.45
1955 Cardinals LF 25 22 606 38 1.5 38 38 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.69
1955 Cardinals RF 34 31 837 55 1.6 51 45 6 4 0 n/a n/a n/a .927 1.65
1956 Cardinals 1B 52 52 1,362 554 10.7 545 498 47 9 52 n/a n/a n/a .984 10.80
1956 Cardinals CF 1 1 24 2 2.0 2 1 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1956 Cardinals RF 96 94 2,490 166 1.7 164 157 7 2 2 n/a n/a n/a .988 1.78
1957 Cardinals CF 13 8 228 16 1.2 15 15 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .938 1.78
1957 Cardinals LF 89 81 2,223 168 1.9 161 159 2 7 1 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.96
1957 Cardinals RF 48 43 1,176 77 1.6 76 71 5 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .987 1.74
1958 Cardinals CF 8 8 162 17 2.1 17 17 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.83
1958 Cardinals LF 31 29 753 48 1.5 46 44 2 2 0 n/a n/a n/a .958 1.65
1958 Cardinals RF 54 38 1,098 63 1.2 63 61 2 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.55
1959 Dodgers 1B 1 0 9 2 2.0 2 2 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 6.00
1959 Dodgers CF 4 3 60 5 1.3 5 5 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.25
1959 Dodgers LF 125 110 3,066 197 1.6 194 185 9 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .985 1.71
1959 Dodgers RF 32 28 684 40 1.3 39 35 4 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .975 1.54
1960 Dodgers LF 109 99 2,688 185 1.7 182 168 14 3 3 n/a n/a n/a .984 1.83
1960 Dodgers RF 24 21 549 27 1.1 27 27 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.33
1961 Dodgers LF 126 113 1,788 169 1.3 164 159 5 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .970 2.48
1961 Dodgers RF 19 18 408 23 1.2 22 22 0 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .957 1.46
1962 Dodgers 1B 32 32 816 273 8.5 267 249 18 6 28 n/a n/a n/a .978 8.83
1962 Dodgers LF 24 13 399 38 1.6 37 35 2 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .974 2.50
1962 Dodgers RF 12 12 276 17 1.4 17 17 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.66
1963 Dodgers CF 2 0 27 3 1.5 3 3 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.00
1963 Dodgers LF 48 42 990 58 1.2 58 57 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.58
1963 Dodgers RF 61 48 1,317 66 1.1 61 60 1 5 0 n/a n/a n/a .924 1.25
1964 Dodgers LF 6 5 138 12 2.0 12 12 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.35
1964 Dodgers RF 17 17 435 22 1.3 22 21 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.37
1965 Dodgers LF 10 6 189 7 0.7 7 7 0 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.00
1965 Dodgers RF 13 12 282 19 1.5 19 18 1 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.82
LF Totals 602 528 13,074 933 1.5 911 875 36 22 8 n/a n/a n/a .976 1.88
RF Totals 410 362 9,552 575 1.4 561 534 27 14 2 n/a n/a n/a .976 1.59
CF Totals 215 203 5,472 535 2.5 525 515 10 10 2 n/a n/a n/a .981 2.59
1B Totals 136 132 3,438 1,315 9.7 1,293 1,194 99 22 120 n/a n/a n/a .983 10.15
12 Years 1,363 1,225 31,536 3,358 2.5 3,290 3,118 172 68 132 n/a n/a n/a .980 2.82

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Wally Moon Miscellaneous Stats

1954 Cardinals 18 10 .643 3 0 n/a 52.9 8.7 8.4 - - -
1955 Cardinals 11 11 .500 8 0 n/a 31.2 9.1 7.8 - - -
1956 Cardinals 12 9 .571 1 1 n/a 33.8 10.8 7.9 - - -
1957 Cardinals 5 6 .455 10 0 n/a 21.5 9.1 7.1 - - -
1958 Cardinals 2 3 .400 29 4 n/a 41.4 9.7 7.6 - - -
1959 Dodgers 15 6 .714 4 0 n/a 28.6 8.5 7.3 - - -
1960 Dodgers 6 10 .375 15 0 n/a 36.1 8.8 6.8 - - -
1961 Dodgers 7 5 .583 3 0 n/a 27.2 5.9 5.3 - - -
1962 Dodgers 5 2 .714 35 1 n/a 61.0 7.4 7.9 - - -
1963 Dodgers 5 5 .500 28 0 n/a 42.9 8.0 7.1 - - -
1964 Dodgers 1 1 .500 46 0 n/a 59.0 5.4 13.1 - - -
1965 Dodgers 2 0 1.000 34 0 n/a 89.0 4.0 8.1 - - -
12 Years 89 68 .567 216 6 n/a 34.1 8.2 7.3 - - -

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Wally Moon Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1954 St. Louis Cardinals 20 Undetermined - -
1955 St. Louis Cardinals 20 Undetermined - -
1956 St. Louis Cardinals 20 Undetermined - -
1957 St. Louis Cardinals 20 Undetermined Stats -
1958 St. Louis Cardinals 20 Undetermined - -
1959 Los Angeles Dodgers 9 $22,000.00 Stats Stats
1960 Los Angeles Dodgers 9 $30,000.00 - -
1961 Los Angeles Dodgers 9 $36,000.00 - -
1962 Los Angeles Dodgers 9 $42,000.00 - -
1963 Los Angeles Dodgers 9 $36,000.00 - -
1964 Los Angeles Dodgers 9 Undetermined - -
1965 Los Angeles Dodgers 9 Undetermined - Stats
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On April 11, 1954, the St. Louis Cardinals traded future hall of fame outfielder Enos Slaughter to the New York Yankees for Bill Virdon , Mel Wright and minor leaguer Emil Tellinger. On April 13, 1954 , Wally Moon, the rookie outfielder brought in to fill the vacancy, made his debut, only to hear the fans chanting, "We want Enos ." A difficult debut.

Undaunted, Wally Moon, in his first at-bat, deposited the third pitch delivered to him by Paul Minner over the right field pavilion at Sportsman's Park, becoming only the second St. Louis Cardinal to hit a home run during his first at bat , joining another lefty, Eddie Morgan ( April 14, 1936 ).

Wally never stopped hitting after that historic homer, finishing his first year in the bigs with a .304 batting average, courtesy of 193 hits (5th most in the National League) spread across 635 at bats (2nd most in the National League). Add to the recipe two five-hit games, a four-stolen base game and eleven additional homers, you get a Rookie of the Year - the first in Cardinals ' history.

Wally Moon (17 votes) had some serious competition for best rookie honors in 1954 , finishing ahead of Ernie Banks (4 votes), Gene Conley (2 votes), and Hank Aaron (1 vote).

Wally Moon Baseball Card
Wally Moon | Back Side of 1965 Topps Baseball Card (#247) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Did you know that when Wally Moon won a Gold Glove Award in 1960 (#1 fielding percentage in LF / #1 in assists in LF), the outfielders he joined were Hank Aaron and Willie Mays ? Did you know that Moon was the first Los Angeles Dodgers ' outfielder to ever win a Gold Glove ?

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