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Cardinals of Yore: Terry Moore

A tip of the Cheap Seats cap to former Cardinals captain and centerfielder Terry Moore who died on this day in 1995.

Moore, who lived in Collinsville, was known as the best defensive centerfielder in baseball at a time when players didn't wear giant gloves that made snagging the ball a foregone conclusion. He broke in with the Cardinals in 1935 in the glory days of the Gas House Gang and he carried on through the next St. Louis dynasty in the 1940s, helping to break Enos Slaughter and Stan Musial in at the big league level.

A four-time All Star, Moore finished in the top five in NL Most Valuable Player Award balloting over the course of his career. Still, he criminally has not be invited to join the MLB Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY.

A career .280 hitter, Moore's best seasons came in 1939 and 1940 when he hit .304 in the former and .295 in the latter with 17 homers each campaign. His Hall of Fame bid was almost certainly hurt by the fact that Moore missed the 1943, '44 and '45 seasons due to World War Two. When he returned from the service, he had lost a step and only managed to play as many as 100 games one more season before he hung up the spikes in 1948.

After his retirement, Moore spent two stints as a Cardinals coach and managed the Phillies for part of the 1954 season.