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 Moeller as the advance scout for the Florida Marlins. In it he praises Cal Ripken Jr., Mark McGwire, and eight-time batting champ Tony Gwynn.
Moeller writes, “Cal generated so much interest when he broke Lou Gehrig’s streak in 1995. The whole country cheered for him. Three years later it was Big Mac’s turn when he hit 70 homeruns. Tony didn’t have that kind of singular memorable moment, but his quiet class during his 20 years with the Padres was equally impressive.”
Moeller’s witnessed some of the game’s greatest players up close during a career in baseball that spanned six decades.
He won as many batting titles as Honus Wagner.
And there were twice as many players to compete against.
Great way to look at it! Tony was one of the most kind individuals you could ever meet.
Honus Wagner was a right-handed hitter though, who also led the league more than once in doubles, triples, and slugging percentage. Not that it denigrates Tony-Honus was just a heck of player.
Why wasn’t Tony Gwynn voted in unamously to the bbhof?
The same reason #2 wasn’t. These BBWA think their poop don’t stink!