Eugene Moore, Jr. (August 26, 1909 – March 12, 1978) was an American professional baseball right fielder. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Bees / Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers, Washington Senators, and St. Louis Browns between 1931 and 1945. His father, Gene Sr., was a pitcher for the Pirates and Reds between 1910 and 1912.
|Born: August 26, 1909|
|Died: March 12, 1978 (aged 68)|
|September 19, 1931, for the Cincinnati Reds|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 30, 1945, for the St. Louis Browns|
|Runs batted in||436|
|Career highlights and awards|
In 1936, Moore played in 151 games for the Boston Bees, batting .290, with 185 hits, 38 doubles, 12 triples, and 91 runs scored – all career-highs. On May 1st, facing Pittsburgh's Waite Hoyt, Moore made Forbes Field history, becoming the first left-handed batter to launch a home run over that stadium's distant left-field wall, as well as the first to clear its then eleven-year-old, 24-foot-high scoreboard.[a] (Scarcely one year later, he would become the first and only player to perform this feat twice.)
- As if that were not enough, just three innings earlier, Moore had achieved what may well have also been a Forbes Field first by powering what would end up an uncontested inside-the-park home run more than 430 feet to dead center, where it struck the Barney Dreyfuss Memorial on the fly and caromed back towards the infield, allowing Moore to score standing up without a throw.
- "Gene Moore Statistics and History". "baseball-reference.com. Retrieved on 2017-05-15.
- Smith, Chester L. (May 2, 1936). "Two Unique Homers Put Buzz on Bucs; Sets Two Records". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 7. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- Ballinger, Edward F. (May 2, 1936). "Bees Take First Game from Bucs, 6-4". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 14. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- Post-Gazette Photo (May 2, 1936). "Bees' Star Registers on First of Two Homers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 14. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- Smith, Chester L. (May 23, 1937). "Smith Hurls for Giants". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 22. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- Biederman, Les (July 21, 1962). "Breaks Go Against Bucs in 6-3 Loss". The Pittsburgh Press. p. 6. Retrieved June 28, 2021.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball Reference, or Baseball Reference (Minors)
- Gene Moore MLB Outfielder - Baseballbiography.com
- Gene Moore at Find a Grave