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Donnie Ray Moore
Birth: Feb. 13, 1954
Lubbock
Lubbock County
Texas, USA
Death: Jul. 18, 1989
Anaheim
Orange County
California, USA

Major League Baseball Player. For thirteen seasons (1975, 1977 to 1988), he was a pitcher with the Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves and California Angels. Born Donnie Ray Moore, he attended Monterey High School (Texas) and Ranger College of Texas. It was while pitching with the latter in which Moore first garnered attention, as he led his collegiate program to the National Junior College Baseball Championship in 1973. Selected by the Cubs during the January Secondary portion of the 1973 Amateur Draft, he marked his Major League debut with Chicago on September 14th, 1975; he appeared in 4 games with the Cubs that year. It would not be until his years in Atlanta, when Moore established himself as a reliable reliever and in 1982, he experienced his first postseason action with his 2 game appearances during the 1982 National League Championship Series. In 1984, he earned the role of closer for Atlanta and recorded 16 saves with a 2.94 ERA. The following year (1985) while with California, he produced a 1.92 ERA in 65 games pitched which included a career-high 31 saves earning him All-Star status. During the 1986 American League Championship Series, with the Angels on the brink of winning their first pennant in franchise history, Moore yielded a go-ahead home run to Boston's Dave Henderson which led to the eventual win for the Red Sox. Boston rallied to take the series and advance to the World Series. This unfortunate event for which Moore would now be identified with traumatized him for the remainder of his life. After the conclusion of his career in 1988 (California released him during that season), Moore remained in a state of depression and on July 18th, 1989 during an argument with his wife, he shot her multiple times before taking his own life. His wife would recover. In 416 regulars season games, he compiled a 43 win 41 loss record with a 3.67 lifetime ERA in 654 innings pitched. He was the cousin of former Major League player Hubie Brooks. (bio by: C.S.) 
 
Inscription:
IN LOVING MEMORY
DONNIE RAY MOORE
FEB. 13, 1954 - JULY 18, 1989
 
Burial:
Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park
Woodrow
Lubbock County
Texas, USA
 
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Record added: Aug 21, 2012
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