St. Clairsville, OH Pitcher Bob Moose Killed in Accident, Oct 1976
MOOSE KILLED ON 29TH BIRTHDAY.
Woodlyn, Pa. (UPI) - A shocked Danny Murtaugh, former manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, said Sunday his late pitcher BOB MOOSE, was "a warm, vibrant human being who always was in the midst of all the pre-game and post-game activities."
MOOSE was killed in an automobile accident on his 29th birthday Saturday night in St. Clairsville, Ohio.
His body was returned to his hometown of Export, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Mary's Church. Public viewing will be held after 7 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday.
"Not only does the tragedy come as a tremendous shock to me, but I can imagine what a shock it is to his widow and little daughter," said Murtaugh.
"Here's a young man in the prime of his life, alive and healthy one minute and not with us any more the next. I can't tell you how depressing that is."
Murtaugh resigned as Pirate manager last week.
He was handling the Pirates when MOOSE had to undergo the removal of a blood clot under his armpit two years ago.
"Very few men in America could have overcome the adversity he did in the short time he did," said Murtaugh.
"Not only did he do it, but after he did overcome it, he always was in the middle of the fun."
Meanwhile, Joe L. Brown, who resigned two weeks ago as Pirates general manager, also expressed shock and deep sadness at MOOSE'S death.
"He was a very fine young man," Brown said. "His death is a tragedy... especially for his lovely wife and his dear little daughter. There are a lot of fine ballplayers but BOB is a very special kind of person."
"I had a close relationship with him," he went on, "because we drafted him out of Export High School, which is nearby, and he's been with us ever since. He had his good days and he had bad days but he worked hard."
In nearby Philadelphia, where he was attending the second playoff game between the Phillies and Cincinnati Reds, Howie Haak, Pirate head scout who knew MOOSE well, called the pitcher "a fellow who liked everyone and one who was liked by all his teammates. He was a tremendous individual and one hell of a competitor."
Members of both the Reds and the Phillies expressed shock when informed of MOOSE'S death prior to their second National League contest at Veteran's Stadium.
Before the game with the Phillies, chapel services were conducted in the Reds' clubhouse, as is the custom each Sunday during the regular season, and shortstop Dave Concepcion asked that a moment of silence be observed in MOOSE'S memory.
MOOSE joined the Pirates in 1965 after the free-agent draft. He had five straight seasons with double-figure victories and held the National League's best won-loss percentage in 1969 with .824.
He enjoyed his best season in 1969 when he pitched a no-hitter against the New York Mets while only 22 years old. He came close to hurling the only no-hitter ever recorded at Pittsburgh's Forbes Field in June 1968, when he held the Houston Astros hitless for 7 2-3 innings.
The right-hander's baseball career suffered a severe blow in 1974 when the first rib on his right side ripped away from the sternum and a blood clot formed under the shoulder of his pitching arm. The rib had to be removed in surgery along with the clot.
MOOSE spent the 1976 season in the Pirates bullpen, pitching short relief. He hurled only 88 innings
last year and posted a 3-9 record with a 3.68 ERA, ending the season with the hope that a full comeback was in the immediate future.
Simpson's Leader-Times Kittanning Pennsylvania 1976-10-11