Geo. Moriarty - 1915/16 M101-4 Sporting News

George Joseph Moriarty (1884-1964) played 13 years in the Major Leagues in the 1900s and 1910s, but is more widely known for his years as a feisty umpire. George played the corners of the infield, mostly third base, and the occasional outfield for the Chicago Cubs (1903-1904), the New York Yankees (1906-1908), the Detroit Tigers (1909-1915) and the Chicago White Sox (1916). George carried a light bat and was a marginal fielder, but was particularly potent on the base paths. From 1907 to 1914, he stole 20 or more bases each season, topping the 30-steal mark in five of those years. He was particularly adept at stealing home as he swiped home eleven times in his career. Though not marked by career highs, Moriarty’s best year came in 1910 when he batted .251 with 123 hits including 24 doubles, 53 runs scored, 33 stolen bases and 60 RBI for the Detroit Tigers. In 1909, after the Tigers captured the American League pennant, George batted .273 with six hits and one RBI as the Tigers fell to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 1909 World Series. George Moriarty ended his playing career having hit .251 with 920 hits, 372 runs scored, 251 stolen bases and 376 RBI in 1,075 games. When his playing career ended, Moriarty remained in baseball as a Major League umpire from 1917 to 1940. George was behind the plate for the 1921, 1925, 1930, 1933 and 1935 World Series as well as the 1934 All-Star Game. Never a man to back down form a confrontation, Moriarty challenged any takers on the Chicago White Sox team to fight him under the stands when they took exception to his calling of balls and strikes while facing the Cleveland Indians. He reported broke his hand after knocking the first taker to the round before the skirmish was broken up. On hiatus from umpiring, he briefly managed the Detroit Tigers manager from 1927 to 1928 compiling a 150-157 record in 310 games. 



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Pos Grade Thumbnail Pedigree and History
1 NM 7
1 NM 7
1 NM 7
2 EX+ 5.5
3 EX 5
3 EX 5
4 VG+ 3.5