Cards All-Time Top 40 – Terry Moore #30


Posted Jan 25, 2007


The Top 40 countdown of the greatest St. Louis Cardinals of all time continues with their star outfielder from the 1930’s and 1940’s, Terry Moore.

Terry Bluford Moore

The Basics

Position

Bat

Thw

Total Yrs

Yrs in StL

HR

RBI

SB

Avg

Outfield

Right

Right

1935-42, 46-48

1935-42, 46-48

80

513

82

.280

The Awards

Hall of Fame

Retired #

World Champ

All-Star

MVP

Cy Young

Gold Glove

 -

 -

1

4

 -

NA

NA

Note: All stats and awards listed are for years as a Cardinal only.
Moore’s career stats available from baseball-reference.com.

Voter Comments

Rob Rains (16): Moore was much higher on my list, 16th overall, and I consider him to be one of the most underrated Cardinals of all-time. He is one of those players who slipped through the cracks of induction into the Hall of Fame, but he definitely belongs.

That oversight might have been corrected had Moore not lost three seasons (1943-45) due to serving in the military in World War II when he would have been in the prime of his career.

Moore remained one of the best defensive centerfielders in the game, but his offensive ability had suffered while he was away. "I was just learning how to hit when I went into the service," the outfielder told an interviewer years later.

Jerry Modene (31): Moore was, before the 1960’s, the unquestioned all-time greatest center fielder in Cardinal history, but that was then: this is now, and Moore has been somewhat eclipsed in the past 40 years. Still, it shows just how fortunate the Cardinals have been over the past 65 years to have had so many great center fielders.

Moore is categorized today, for some reason, as not much of a hitter, but that’s not really true – it’s just that (except for the two years he hit 17 home runs) he never really had much power. Still, Moore was a lifetime .280 hitter who walked more than he struck out, and of course his defense in center field was unparalleled.

The only reason he doesn’t rate higher nowadays is because his successors have been even better. Lucky us!

Ray Mileur (33): Long before Jim Edmonds patrolled center-field for St. Louis, there was a guy a couple of blocks down the street at Sportsman Park, Terry “Captain” Moore, doing the same thing.

A mainstay in the Cardinals outfield in the 1940s, Moore’s career was overshadowed by teammates and Hall of Famers, Enos Slaughter and Stan “The Man” Musial. In my opinion, this trio made up the best St. Louis Cardinals outfield of all-time.

Moore would remind you a lot of Jim Edmonds by the way he played defense. He loved to play shallow, so like Jimmy, he would turn those would-be singles into outs. Like Edmonds, he had the ability to break with crack of the bat and run down anything hit over his head and had a rocket arm to go with the glove.

Long before the ESPN’s SportsCenter ’s nightly highlights, Moore was crashing into walls and diving after balls, catching almost everything hit out of the infield.

Named the team’s Captain in 1942, Moore served three years in the Army (1943, ‘44, ‘45) at the time he should have been playing in his prime.

Brian Walton (40): One of the risks of looking too closely at the numbers is that all-around greats from the somewhat distant past may not receive their just due. I am a bit disappointed that Moore slipped as low as number 40 on my list. He deserves better.

A home-grown, career-long Cardinal, Moore was a key component of the seamless transition from the Gas House Gang to the powerhouse Cardinals of the ‘40s. He took over for Pepper Martin in center and provided energy for the 1942 and 1946 World Championship clubs. Interestingly, “The Captain” was the oldest player on Billy Southworth’s ’42 champs at the ripe old age of 30!

Individually, Moore earned four All-Star Game berths and ranked in the top ten in the league in stolen bases six times, doubles three times and even home runs twice. So, especially given his era of play, he could hit the ball, run and go get it with the very best of them.

Voter Comments Key: Voter (Individual Ranking); NR = Not Rated

Master List: To see our entire list of the greatest 40 Cardinals players of all-time as they are unveiled daily, click here.

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