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Los Angeles Angels MLB News - Angels Baseball Blog » Donnie Moore was a solid pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels before tragedy struck

Donnie Moore was a solid pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels before tragedy struck

Blogged under Blast from the Past, Bloglockers, Front Page, General by chinmusic on Monday 7 June 2010 at 2:08 pm

Righty reliever seemed to be on top of the world in 1985 with the Angels. He was a All-Star (for the only time of his career) and he finished 7th in the Cy Young Award Voting and #6 in the MVP Voting in the A.L. Moore pitched in 65 games (0 starts) for the Angels in 1985 in which he was 8-8 with 31 saves, a 1.92 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. He pitched in 155 games (0 starts) in his four years with the Angels and he was 19-17 with 61 saves, a 2.75 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP. Moore is #5 all-time in Angels’ history in saves (61). The Angels were seemingly heading to the World Series in 1986 as they had a 3 games to 1 lead over the Red Sox. But in the ninth inning of Game #5, Moore came into the game and he gave up a game tying homer in the 9th inning to Dave Henderson of the Red Sox and then he gave up the game winning run on a sacrifice fly to Henderson in the 11th inning. The Red Sox went on to win the series making Moore the Angels’ version of Bill Buckner. On July 18, 1989 Donnie Moore lost it shooting his wife 3 times in his home in front of his three kids. His oldest daughter ran from the house with her bleeding mother taking her to the hospital. Donnie Moore’s wife survived his assault but he didn’t as he turned the gun on himself committing suicide. It’s a tragic story in that he never got the redemption that Buckner eventually did when the Red Sox won the World Series. He would have also gotten that when the Angels eventually won the World Series but he took his own life before it finally happened.

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