John Herbert “Herbie” Moran
Born: February 16, 1884 - Costello, PA
Died: September 21, 1954 - Clarkson, NY
Career BA: .242
Philadelphia Athletics AL (1908)
Boston Doves/Braves NL (1908–1910, 1914–1915)
Brooklyn Dodgers/Superbas NL (1912–1913)
Cincinnati Reds NL (1914)
Herbie Moran’s career was like one giant vanilla ice-cream cone, very plain and simple. There is however a single cherry on top of the cone if you consider that he played on the 1914 “Miracle Braves” team that went from last place on July 18th to first place on August 25th, took the pennant, and swept the Series. Purchased by the Braves on August 23, 1914, the 30-year-old Moran got to Boston just in time to participate in the run up to the pennant. He did get the opportunity to play in the World Series but did not fare well, batting a paltry .077 in three games and 13 at-bats.
Before, during and after his seven-year Major League career spent with four different teams, Moran played for the likes of the Coudersport Giants, DuBois Miners, Trenton Tigers, Providence Grays, Kansas City Blues, Rochester Bronchos, Montreal Royals and Little Rock Travelers. Moran’s best Major League years were with Brooklyn when he batted .276 and .266 in 1912 and 1913, respectively. He also had a career-high 28 stolen bases in 1912, followed by 21 in 1913, and had 26 swipes with Cincinnati in 1914. After the 1915 season, he went on to play for Montreal in the International League and ended his playing days in 1918 with Little Rock in the Southern Association.
Moran resurfaced in the 1930s to manage the Williamsport Grays in the New York–Pennsylvania League and the New Waterford Dodgers in the Cape Breton Colliery League for a brief period before fading into the sunset. Four Major League teams in seven years, a .242 lifetime batting average with a total of 135 RBI neatly sums up Moran’s very vanilla career.
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