Billy Moran

1959 Topps

An all star in 1962, Moran spent seven years in the major leagues, playing for Cleveland and the Los Angeles Angels. Moran came up in 1958 and started at second base for the majority of the year for the Indians. He only got into 11 games for Cleveland in 1959 and spent 1960 in the minor leagues. Moran was shipped to the Angels in 1961 leading to his best season in the big leagues the following year. Moran hit .282 with 17 home runs in 1962. He scored 90 runs and drove in 74. He was the starting second baseman in the All-Star Game and finished 13th in MVP voting. All of his offensive numbers were career highs. In fact, Moran only hit 28 total home runs in his entire career. His power dropped in 1963 as his home run total fell to seven, but his average was a solid .275. His playing time, however, continued to decrease and he was traded back to Cleveland in 1964, where he played for two more years before retiring.


Moran notes his favorite park to play in was Chavez Ravine in Los Angeles. This was the first name for Dodger Stadium, which was also home to the Angels from 1962-1965. Also, Moran says he played in two All-Star games in 1962. There were actually two All-Star Games played every year from 1959-1962. Thus, Moran was a two-time All Star, despite only being elected to the team in one season.

Billy Moran – career stats

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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