Bob Moose Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher

Bob Moose Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher
Bob Moose, 1967-1976

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Bob Moose and pine tar (8/29/68)

We have joked about Tim McCarver's sometimes overwrought analysis but he delivers some great lines. Case in point -- when the discussion turned to pitchers using pine tar to grip the baseball this past week, McCarver said of former Pirates right-hander Bob Moose, "If you shook hands with him before November, you took him home with you."
Research "Bob Moose and pine tar" and you come across a game against the Cardinals when Moose was a 20-year-old rookie. The gunk was so thick, the ump sent him to the clubhouse to wash his hands.
Said Cardinals manager Red Schoendist, "He had so much pine tar on his hands his fingers stuck together once . . ."
So much for the split-finger fastball.,6431585,124731,6060190
Big deal! He only did this once and, as Pirate manager Larry Shepherd said, he was just a kid learning life in the big leagues. Gaylord Perry, Joe Niekro, and other great pitchers "cheated" on a REGULAR basis for years!

Monday, July 16, 2012



Bob Moose: #38

Years as a Buc:1967-1976; Pitcher
Total ML seasons: 10 seasons, all with the Pirates
Career Highlights: Moose is on a short list of Pirate pitchers who have tossed a no-hitter. On September 20, 1969, Bob Moose no-hit the Mets at New York and won the game 4-0. He also started Game 6 of the 1971 World Series and turned in a solid 5 innings of work. Moose also appeared in relief during Games 1 (4 innings) and Game 2. His starting assignment was critical as two of the Pirate pitchers had been ineffective against the Orioles. The assignment was made more difficult because he had to oppose Hall of Fame-bound Oriole oitcher Jim Palmer. Overall, in his ML career, Moose was a 76-71 pitcher with a 3.50 ERA. He had 11 or more wins in 5 straight seasons ('69-'73), and threw over 200 innings twice.
Best Year: 1969: in addition to his no-hitter, Moose was 14-3 with a 2.91 ERA.
Fan Remembrances: Moose and I are from the same hometown, although Bob starred on the high school baseball team about 13 years before I played on that team. I met him as a kid and had a picture autographed, but I've lost track of where it went. Moose was killed in an auto accident after the 1976 season on his 29th birthday.
Moose may be remembered as the pitcher who threw the wild pitch that allowed the Reds to score the winning run in the 1972 playoffs. This is a little unfair to Moose - Dave Giusti allowed the Johnny Bench home run that tied the game in the 9th inning; Moose came on in a jam and recorded 2 outs before uncorking one that allowed the Reds runner at third to scamper home.
Bob Moose was well liked by all his team mates. A plaque was dedicated to him after his death which still hangs in the Pirate clubhouse at TRS.