Thursday, March 14, 2019

Huge 87 Set Pickup - Donnie Moore

When I took on this 1987 set, I knew there were going to be some really tough guys to get.  Donnie Moore is one who I really thought I would have a hard time, because he died in 1989, only two years after the set came out.

Moore (b. 1954 - d. 1989) played in the majors in 1975 and from 1977 to 1988 for the Cubs, Cardinals, Brewers, Braves and Angels.  He had a career record of 43-40 with 416 strike outs and a 3.67 ERA.  He was an All Star in 1985 when he saved 31 games for the Angels.  That season he finished 7th in the AL Cy Young Award voting and 6th in the AL MVP race.

During the 1986 ALCS, Moore would give up a key home run in Game 5 that would put Boston ahead of the Angels.  The Angels would tie the game and go to extras, with Moore still on the mound.  He would end up giving up the game winning run on a sacrifice fly in the 11th inning.

Moore was released by the Angels following the 1988 season and signed with the Royals.  He only pitched in the Royals minor league system in 1989 before he was released.  On July 18, 1989, Moore would get into an argument with his wife.  While their three children were in the house, Moore shot his wife three times with a .45 pistol.  She and their 17-year old daughter would escape the house, with the daughter transporting her mother to the hospital.  Moore's wife would survive the shooting.  Meanwhile, in the presence of at least one of his sons, Moore would commit suicide by shooting himself in the head.

This is a terrible and tragic end to a ballplayer.  Thankfully, his wife survived.

3 comments:

osupremegrandmotherone said...

So sad. Glad his wife lived.

Philip Regenthal said...

Hello!?! Isn’t anyone happy the kids lived !?

Jafronius said...

So how was this auto picked up? Was it certified somehow or does it match existing autograph samples?