Patrick Joseph Moran (1876-1924) led two clubs to the National League pennant for the first time in either franchise’s history – the Phillies in 1915 and the Cincinnati Reds in 1919 – and took the Reds to their first World Series championship in 1919. Unfortunately, the Black Sox Scandal that led to eight Chicago White Sox players’ eventual indictments for throwing the series tainted the Reds victory. Pat came up with the Boston Braves in 1901 and played 14 years at third base and catcher with the Braves (1901-1905), the Chicago Cubs (1906-1909) and the Philadelphia Phillies (1910-1914). He served primarily as a backup catcher and posted a .976 fielding percentage behind the plate with a 46% caught stealing percentage. Moran’s best year came in his first full season with Boston when he hit .262 with 102 hits including 25 doubles, stole eight bases and drove in 54 RBI in 109 games. Pat helped the Cubs win back-to-back National League pennants in 1906 and 1907and the 1907 and 1908 World Series, though he did not play in the 1908 series. In 818 games, Pat Moran batted .235 with 618 hits, 198 runs and 262 RBI. When his playing days ended in 1914 with the Phillies, he was hired by Philadelphia as manager the next year and led them to the 1915 National League pennant – the first in franchise history. He managed four years in Philly (1915-1918) and then moved on to manage the Cincinnati Reds for five years (1919-1923). Once again, in his first season leading the club, he led the Reds to their first National League pennant and their first World Series title. Cincinnati’s 1919 World Series victory is, however, forever marred by the Black Sox Scandal in which eight Chicago players allegedly conspired to throw the series in order to cash in with gamblers. In nine years at the helm of a Major League club, Pat Moran compiled a record of 748-586 in 1,344 games.
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