Joe Moeller

Joe Moeller autograph
Birthdate 02/15/1943
Death Date
Debut Year 1962
Year of Induction
Teams Dodgers, Expos, Marlins
Positions Pitcher, Scout

Joe Moeller was the youngest starting hurler in the pitching-rich history of the LA Dodgers when he took the mound at 19 years, 2 months.

In the collection:

 A 19-year old Joe Moeller holds the game ball from his first MLB win

A 19-year old Joe Moeller holds the game ball from his first MLB win

In the collection is a wire photo of rookie Joe Moeller smiling as he holds the game ball from his first MLB victory on April 23, 1962. The youngest starting pitcher in the history of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Moeller went the distance in Milwaukee against Hank Aaron and
Moeller pens a letter about his first big league win

Moeller pens a letter about his first big league win

Gentleman Joe Moeller writes, “I was only 19 when the picture of me holding the game ball was taken. It was my first big league win in Milwaukee against the Braves. I went the distance holding Hank Aaron, Eddie Mathews, and Joe Adcock to one hit in nine at bats. Roy McMillian had their only RBI. For us
The Dodgers go to Japan in 1966

The Dodgers go to Japan in 1966

Joe Moeller was part of the 1966 National League Champion Dodger team that went on a good will tour of Japan after losing the World Series to the Orioles. The Dodgers players were given luggage tags with their uniform numbers displayed prominently. In the collection is the tag issued to Moeller for
Ford Frick letter regarding 17-year old Joe Moeller and others

Ford Frick letter regarding 17-year old Joe Moeller and others

Commissioner Ford Frick wrote this letter in 1960 policing the Dodgers on their policy after first signing players to pro contracts. Each team had a limit of the number of players for their system. The Dodgers found a way to enhance this limit by signing youngsters and having them immediately play
Second page of Ford Frick letter to Dodgers

Second page of Ford Frick letter to Dodgers

In the second page of the letter Ford Frick asks Fresco Thompson about their handling of a recently-signed prospect from Texas. The final paragraph speaks of rules specific to the California High School authorities. Frick has signed his name at the bottom of this second page of the letter dated July 26, 1960.
Joe Moeller comments on Brooks Robinson's 1966 World Series thrill

Joe Moeller comments on Brooks Robinson's 1966 World Series thrill

When former Dodger pitcher Joe Moeller looked through the collection he stumbled across this note from Brooks Robinson about his greatest thrill. Robinson writes, “My most exciting moment in baseball was the 1966 World Series. It was my first, a dream come true. Sincerely, Brooks Robinson̶
Joe Moeller gets the win; Sandy Koufax gets the save in 1964

Joe Moeller gets the win; Sandy Koufax gets the save in 1964

A heady 21-year old Joe Moeller started the game against the Philadelphia Phillies, owner of the best record in baseball. Facing future Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Bunning, Moeller was unfazed, scattering three hits over six innings. Manager Walt Alston came out to get Moeller and decided on
Moeller recounts the thrill of having Koufax relieve him

Moeller recounts the thrill of having Koufax relieve him

Moeller took the hill on May 24, 1964 to square off against Jim Bunning and the Phillies, at that point owners of the best record in the National League. The youngest Los Angeles Dodger starting pitcher at 19 just two years earlier, Moeller was outstanding, scattering three hits over six innings. Sandy Koufax came on in relief and preserved
Road roommate and catcher Jeff Torborg recalls the shutout

Road roommate and catcher Jeff Torborg recalls the shutout

Jeff Torborg was Joe Moeller’s teammate for seven of Joe’s eight big league seasons. They were also roommates on the road. Here Torborg provides his own recollections of the game in which Moeller and Sandy Koufax combined for a shutout. “John Roseboro caught the game. I was in my f
Dodger GM Campanis scolds Moeller in contract negotiations

Dodger GM Campanis scolds Moeller in contract negotiations

In a letter dated November 25, 1969, Dodger general manager Al Campanis scolds veteran Joe Moeller in a round of contract negotiation. Campanis writes, “Enclosed please find a clipping which is self-explanatory. 1. It is not courteous to strike somebody through newspapers. 2. It is not
Joe Moeller signed MLBPA endorsement questionnaire

Joe Moeller signed MLBPA endorsement questionnaire

The Major League Baseball Players Association sent out questionnaires like this one to its players to determine what endorsements each man had. Today’s players compliment their baseball salary with off field endorsement but that wasn’t always the case. This document filled out by Joe Moeller on
Closeup of 1973 Joe Moeller signature on endorsement questionnaire from MLBPA

Closeup of 1973 Joe Moeller signature on endorsement questionnaire from MLBPA

Shown here is the closeup of Joe Moeller’s signature at the bottom of the 1970 MLBPA endorsement questionnaire. Directly under his signature, Moeller has penned “LA Dodgers”, the team he player for not only in 1970, but for the entirety of his 8-year career.
Joe Moeller's final MLB contract

Joe Moeller's final MLB contract

Joe Moeller pitched for the Dodgers from 1962-1971. In the collection is his final Major League contract dated February 1, 1971 that calls for a salary of $24,000. Moeller won 105 games in his 13-year career in professional baseball. All eight of his big league seasons were in Los Angeles for whom h
Signature page of Joe Moeller's final MLB contract

Signature page of Joe Moeller's final MLB contract

In addition to the player’s signature is that of Dodger general manager Al Campanis and National League president Chub Feeney. Campanis served as GM from 1968 through 1987; Fenney was the top NL executive from 1970 through 1986. Joe remained in the game as a member of the Dodgers’ speak
Joe Moeller writes about Mark McGwire's pursuit of Roger Maris

Joe Moeller writes about Mark McGwire's pursuit of Roger Maris

After retiring as a player, Joe Moeller continued to work in baseball. When Jeff Torborg got the manager’s job in Montreal in 2001, he called his former Dodger teammate and road roommate Joe Moeller asking if he’d serve as advance scout. In that capacity,
Business card for Florida Marlins advance scout Joe Moeller

Business card for Florida Marlins advance scout Joe Moeller

When Joe Moeller was hired as the Expos advance scout before the 2001 season, he likely could not envision the job lasting so long. When Major League Baseball intervened and gave owner Jeffrey Loria the Marlins in exchange for the Expos franchise, Joe was one of the front office men who kept his job
Outstanding letter about Ripken, Gwynn, and McGwire

Outstanding letter about Ripken, Gwynn, and McGwire

The youngest starting pitcher in Los Angeles Dodger history, Joe Moeller took the hill as a fresh-faced 19-year old in 1962. After a 13-year professional playing career that included pitching in the 1966 World Series, Joe Moeller stayed close to the game. In the collection is a letter written by Moe
Joe Moeller remembers Koufax's 1964 no-hitter 34 years later

Joe Moeller remembers Koufax's 1964 no-hitter 34 years later

Outstanding content from a man who was there: Joe Moeller was 21-years old when Sandy Koufax pitched the second of his four no-hitters on June 4, 1964. After the game, Koufax was interviewed at length about his gem and was the last to get on the bus, taking a seat next to Moeller. Here Moeller write

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