Arnie Moser

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Arnold Robert Moser

  • Bats Right, Throws Right
  • Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.

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Biographical Information[edit]

Infielder Arnie Moser hooked up with the Wilmington Pirates of the Piedmont League in his first try at pro baseball before the 1935 season. Arnie hit well with a .315 average and four home runs in 134 games but fielded at a .898 number. The Cincinnati Reds, who were the parent team in this decision, thought Arnie had a good bat but needed a new glove and transformed him into an outfielder and placed Arnie with the Fort Worth Cats of the class A Texas League for the 1936 season.

Moser had another good year at Fort Worth, hitting .292 but connected for only two round-trippers while appearing in 126 games. His fielding improved (at least in terms of total errors), making only eleven miscues in the outfield, against the twenty he made at third base for Wilmington. Arnie got off to a good start in '37 with the Syracuse Chiefs of the International League and would make his debut with the big Reds on June 20, 1937. He got five trips to the plate that season, all as a pinch-hitter and didn't hit a lick, striking out twice. His major league career ended right there, 0 for 5, and he was on his way back to Syracuse in early July, where he finished out the season, hitting .310 with just two homers.

Arnie would spend 1938 in a split season, with Syracuse again, and the Montreal Royals, hitting at a .294 clip and again with just three home runs. The parent Cincinnati Reds would deal Moser to the Brooklyn Dodgers and he would spend the 1939 year with Montreal, hitting .302 in 137 games and again connecting for just two home runs. The Dodgers sent him to the Nashville Vols of the Southern Association for the 1940 season and Arnie hit a big .347 average but again hit for the circuit just five times. It was becoming apparent that the absence of the long ball was hindering Arnie's chance for another shot at the majors.

Brooklyn would send Arnie to the Chicago Cubs in 1941 in an unknown transaction; he spent the year in another split-season affair with the Knoxville Smokies and the Milwaukee Brewers where he hit .293 with one home run in 113 games. The Cubs dealt him to the St. Louis Cardinals in 1942 and he played 146 games for the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern Association, hitting .317 and four homers. Arnie was then called for duty with the United States Coast Guard and spent the next three years (1943-1945) serving the Military during World War II.

Moser was back on the ball field in 1946 and appeared in 27 games with the Houston Buffaloes of the Texas League, hitting .261 before calling it quits after nine seasons in the minor leagues, where he hit for a .310 average and 23 home runs in 1,059 games.

After baseball, Arnold Robert Moser, returned to his native Houston, Texas where he lived and worked until his death on August 15, 2002 at 85 years of age.

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