Donnie Ray Moore (February
13, 1954 â€“ July 18, 1989) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for
the Chicago Cubs (1975, 1977-79),
St. Louis Cardinals (1980),
Milwaukee Brewers (1981), Atlanta Braves (1982-84) and California Angels
In a 13-season career, Moore posted a 43-40 record with 89 saves
, 416 strikeouts
and a 3.67 ERA
in 655 innings
. He was selected as an All-Star
Texas, Moore is most remembered for the home run he gave up as an Angel to Dave Henderson in Game 5 of the 1986 American League
Championship Series with only one more strike needed to clinch
the team's first-ever pennant, allowing the Boston Red Sox to come back and
Moore was battling injury at the time of that game, and was never
able to remain injury-free following it. After saving only 9 more
games in 41 appearances over the next two seasons, Moore was
released by the Angels. He signed with the Kansas City Royals
season, but played only in the
released in June of that year, ending his 14-year career in
Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS
took place on October 12, 1986 in Anaheim.
held a 3-1 lead in the
best-of-seven series against the Boston Red Sox
. In the game, the
Angels held a 5-2 lead going into the ninth inning. Boston scored
two runs on a home run by Don Baylor
(scoring Dave Stapleton
, who was
pinch-running for Bill Buckner
closing the gap to 5-4.
When Moore came in to shut down the rally, there were two outs and
a runner on first base (Rich Gedman
had been hit by a pitch
). The Angels
were one strike away from advancing to the World Series
hit a 2-2 pitch off Moore for a home run, giving the
Red Sox a 6-5 lead. The Angels were able to score a run in the
bottom of the ninth, pushing the game into extra innings.
Moore remained in the game for the Angels; he was able to stifle a
inning Red Sox rally by getting Jim Rice
to ground into a double play
. Nevertheless, the Red Sox were able
to score off Moore in the 11th inning via a sacrifice fly
by Henderson. The Angels could
not score in the bottom of the 11th, and lost the game 7-6.
still left the Angels with a 3-2 advantage, with two more games to
play at Fenway
However, the Angels were not able to close
it out, losing both games by wide margins, 10-4 and 8-1.
In the public perception, Moore became indelibly associated with
the Angels' loss of the pennant, in much the same manner that
became associated with the
Red Sox' subsequent loss of the World Series later that year.
18, 1989, during an argument with his wife Tonya, Moore shot her
three times, the incident occurring in view of their three children
at their Anaheim Hills home.
Tonya Moore and daughter Demetria,
then 17 years of age, fled from the house and Demetria drove her
mother to the hospital. Both survived the shooting.
Back inside the house, still in the presence of one of his sons,
Moore then fatally shot himself.
When he was cut by Kansas City, he'd really been
depressed about that.
I mean, here he is, the high-life career
. then all of a sudden, it's
He comes back home .
. and the marriage, the family, is all
I mean, what else does he have
- â€” Demetria Moore on what drove her father to his final acts of