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Wally MoonTIM MOORE2020-06-03T19:45:05+00:00
Wallace Wade Moon was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1954 after hitting a home run on the first pitch he saw in the Major Leagues. The narrow-eyed, lean-and-hungry look of the outfielder recalled an even earlier era of St. Louis baseball. Moon’s all-out play in 1957 revived memories of the Cardinals’ rough-and-tumble Gashouse Gang teams of the mid-1930s. He batted .304 in his rookie season, winning the rookie award over Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks. Like Gashouser Pepper Martin, Moon was hell-bent on the bases and hit the ball to all fields with authority. He hit .295 with 24 homers in 1957. Moon played 12 seasons in the outfield and first base for the Cardinals and Dodgers, ending with a .289 lifetime average. He was a member of the NL All-Star team in 1957 and 1959.