Jackie Moore (baseball)
Jackie Spencer Moore (born February 19, 1939) is a former Major League Baseball catcher, coach and manager. He spent all or parts of 12 years over five separate terms as a Texas Rangers coach, and 32 years in all as a coach for eight different MLB teams. Moore managed in the Majors for the Oakland Athletics (1984–86), and played part of one season with the Detroit Tigers as a third-string catcher in 1965.
Moore (left) with the Texas Rangers in 2011
|Catcher / Manager|
|Born: February 19, 1939|
|April 18, 1965, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 20, 1965, for the Detroit Tigers|
|Runs batted in||2|
After graduating from Bellaire High School in Houston, Texas, Moore joined the Tigers as an amateur free agent in 1957 when just eighteen years old. He started his minor-league career as an outfielder, with the Montgomery Rebels in 1957, but was converted to catcher in 1958 and remained behind the plate the rest of his playing career. He hit .264, with 43 home runs and 162 runs batted in, in the eight years in the Tigers' farm system before being called up to the parent club for the 1965 season only.
He caught 12 innings of a 13-inning marathon against the California Angels in his Major League debut, and his first MLB hit was a thirteenth-inning single that moved the eventual winning run to third. But after that, he didn't get much playing time behind perennial All-Star Bill Freehan and backup catcher John Sullivan.
His Major League career consisted of just 53 at-bats with a meager .094. On October 4, 1965, the Tigers acquired starting pitcher Bill Monbouquette from the Boston Red Sox for George Smith, George Thomas and a player to be named later, which turned out to be Moore just nine days later. He spent 1967 in the BoSox organization as a catcher for the Triple-A Toronto Maple Leafs of the International League before retiring as an active player.
Brewers, Rangers, Blue Jays and Athletics coach (1970–84)Edit
Despite his brief playing stint in the Majors, Moore spent over forty years coaching in the game, most of which has been at the MLB level.
His post-playing career began in the Red Sox farm system in 1968 as the manager of the Jamestown Falcons of the short-season Class A New York–Penn League. In two seasons under Moore, Jamestown went 64–85. He then was hired as bullpen coach for the Seattle Pilots shortly after their one and only season in Major League Baseball (1969), and went with them when they moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers starting in 1970. He was their bullpen coach through 1972, when he was released at the end of the season.
He was hired by new Texas Rangers manager Whitey Herzog as the Rangers' first base coach shortly afterward for his first stint with the Rangers. After the 1973 season he was retained when Billy Martin took over as the Rangers' pilot in 1974. After one season under Martin, Moore then managed Texas' Double-A farm team, the Pittsfield Rangers of the Eastern League, for the first half of 1975 before returning to the Rangers for his second term as a coach when Frank Lucchesi became their new manager, replacing Martin, in mid-season.
After 1976, he joined one of the American League's 1977 expansion teams, the Toronto Blue Jays, and spent three seasons working for skipper Roy Hartsfield, but, during the 1979 campaign, he announced that he wouldn't return to the Jays for the following season. He rejoined the Texas coaching staff in 1980, but after just one season was let go when manager Pat Corrales and his entire staff were fired.
Oakland manager (1984–86)Edit
In 1981, Billy Martin, now manager of the Oakland Athletics, invited Moore to coach first base for his "Billy Ball" team. He remained with the club after Steve Boros replaced Martin in 1983, and eventually replaced Boros as manager on May 24, 1984. In his only full season at the helm, 1985, the A's went 77–85.
The 1986 Athletics' record hovered around .500 until an 8–23 skid dropped the team's record to 29–44 in mid-June, worst in the majors. Moore, who went 163–190 (.462) in his 2+ years managing the A's, was replaced on an interim basis on June 25 by Jeff Newman, and in early July by Tony La Russa, who stayed in Oakland through 1995 before concluding his brilliant managerial career with the St. Louis Cardinals from 1996 to 2011.
Expos, Reds, Rangers and Rockies' coach (1987–99)Edit
In 1987, Moore caught on as a coach with the Montreal Expos under manager Buck Rodgers, and remained Montreal's third base coach through 1989. He celebrated his only World Series championship with Lou Piniella's Cincinnati Reds when he joined them in 1990 as their bench coach. He stayed with the Reds through Piniella's departure in 1992, after which he left for his fourth stint in Texas (1993–1994, during the managerial tenure of Kevin Kennedy), followed by three seasons as bench coach for the Colorado Rockies on the staff of Don Baylor.
Successful skipper of Round Rock Express (2000–07)Edit
In 2000, Moore was appointed the first manager in the history of the Round Rock Express, the Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros owned by a syndicate including Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan. He led his team to a Texas League championship with an 83–57 record in their first season to earn "Manager of the Year" honors. He followed that up with league titles in 2001 and 2002, and division titles in 2003 and 2004.
In his five Texas League seasons the Express went 376–324; in the Pacific Coast League, 220–210.
Return to the Majors as a coach (2008)Edit
On September 30, 2007, he was named the Houston Astros' bench coach for the 2008 season by manager Cecil Cooper. Moore was Cooper's first professional baseball manager with Jamestown in 1968. After just one season, Moore left the Astros to begin his fifth term as a coach with the Texas Rangers, reuniting him with Ryan, then club president of the Rangers. During five seasons as the bench coach for manager Ron Washington, the Rangers won two American League pennants, qualified for the playoffs three times, and tied for the second AL wild card in 2013. After the Rangers' defeat at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays in a one-game playoff on September 30, 2013, Moore, 74, was notified he would not return as the club's bench coach for 2014.
Moore and his wife, JoAnn, have two sons, Spencer and Johnathon. Johnathon was drafted by Texas in the 45th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft, and is currently a catcher/first baseman with the Arizona Fall League AZL Rangers. Moore has four children from his first marriage: Debbby,Sherry, Jackie Jr., and Wanda.
- Coach's page from Retrosheet
- "Detroit Tigers 4, California Angels 1". Baseball-Reference.com. April 18, 1965.
- "Golly Whiz – Somebody Cares". The Vancouver Sun. December 24, 1969.
- "Moore Hired by Toronto Jays". The Milwaukee Journal. November 19, 1976.
- "Rangers name Jackie Moore bench coach, Dave Anderson third base coach". MLB.com. October 22, 2008.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 2013.10.02
- "Johnathan Moore Minor League Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com.
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
- Jackie Moore managerial career statistics at Baseball-Reference.com
- Coach's page in Retrosheet
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