February 3 – Happy Birthday Lloyd “Dinty” Moore

mooreThe Yanks had signed Lloyd “Dinty” Moore in 1936 when he was 20 years old. According to former Recorder Sports Editor Jack Minnoch, Moore was a “brilliant” second baseman, one of those guys who naturally knew what to do when the baseball was hit or thrown in his direction. He could also lace line drives off his bat all day long. He confirmed that during his first two seasons in the minors, both spent in D-level ball with a Yankee farm team in Butler, PA,. After averaging a lofty .324 during his second season there, he was assigned to start the 1938 campaign at the C-level with the Yanks brand new CanAm League club in Amsterdam. That spring his training camp workouts had Minnoch drooling for the season to start so Amsterdam’s baseball fans could witness his middle infield wizardry. But Moore’s Rugmaker debut was put on hold when he suffered a season ending injury before the first game.

He finally got to show his stuff at Mohawk Mills Park in 1939 and although the one year absence from the game had made his swing rusty, the guy proved to be a great defensive second baseman. He appeared in all 127 games that year for Manager Eddie Sawyer’s ball club. He averaged just …

I’ve already started work on the second volume of “A Year’s Worth of Amsterdam Birthdays” and Dinty Moore’s complete story will be featured in it. I will be sharing the complete posts of some of the Volume II birthday celebrants in future issues of the Amsterdam Birthday Blog Newsletter. If you are not yet a newsletter subscriber, you can sign up for free here.

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