copyWrite upDate 10.14.16
Historically and statistically, Mike Moore is one of the greatest MLB pitchers ever to be born and raised in our great state of Oklahoma. Many will testify that he is personally one of the greatest people to be born and raised in our great state of Oklahoma. For such reasons and on behalf of his family; the Eakly Eagles; the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles; the Seattle Mariners; the Oakland Athletics; the Detroit Tigers and fans of Oklahoma baseball, I, Mark House, respectfully nominate Mike Moore for 2017 induction into Oklahoma's prestigious Sports Hall Of Fame.
Mike Moore, over his 14 year professional career, has earned the right to be considered one of Oklahoma's greatest red dirt, red blood, born and raised, Major League Baseball pitchers of all time. Solid statistical evidence stands behind this claim of such greatness. The most significant statistics relative to career Major League Baseball victories, strikeouts and average strikeouts per season place Mike at the top of Oklahoma's list with fellow Oklahoma standout Allie Reynolds and Major League Baseball hall of famers Warren Spahn and Carl Hubbell.
Only six Oklahoma born players have broken the 1,000 career strikeout plateau. Mike Moore's top-of-the-list 1,667 averaged per season calculates to 119. Allie Reynolds' 1,423 averaged per season adds up to 108.5. On average, no one else comes close to these two great pitchers born and raised in our great state. Moore's 119 per season is higher than that of Carl Hubbell (104.8) and even rivals that of the great Warren Spahn at 123. Although not actually born in Oklahoma, both MLB hall of fame pitchers Hubbell and Spahn are deservedly considered two of Oklahoma's greatest.
So, where does Mike Moore fit into the realm of Oklahoma's Greatest Pitchers? No doubt, he's one of the best when it comes to the list of Oklahoma's actual born and raised category. No doubt, we can find comparable stats to any pitcher considered to be great and from Oklahoma. But, to date, only Big Bang Theory hard core pop bottle glasses wearing statisticians would consider the many years, as a #1 draft pick, Moore had to pitch for one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball and acknowledge with tribute that he is Oklahoma's greatest red dirt, red blood, born and raised pitcher.
Mike Moore was a standout student athlete for Eakly High School. With a 24-2 senior season record and an unbelievable .05 earned run average (E.R.A.), Moore earned his final high school victory while being selected MVP in Oklahoma's 29th Annual All-State Baseball Classic in 1978.
Former Oklahoma high school umpire Jim Ruff claims Moore "at the high school level, was too good for everybody else. Most everybody was scared to death of him because of his speed."
Daily Oklahoman columnist, the late Bob Hersom, recognized Moore as an "Eakly High School and Oral Roberts University (ORU) pitching ace."
1981 ORU Pitching Coach Jim Brewer said "I've seen a lot of pitchers in the last 25 years and I think Mike Moore is probably one of the strongest."
During the 1989 World Series, former Oakland A's Pitching Coach Dave Duncan shared that "Mike hasn't just been sitting back and trying to let his God-given ability take over, he's worked hard to improve in all the different areas to become a great pitcher."
Daily Oklahoman columnist, baseball historian and sports talk radio personality Berry Tramel shares "Moore's 161 MLB wins should be a 'SLAM DUNK' in regard to Oklahoma Sports Hall Of Fame induction."
Baseball Almanac documents Mike Moore as being twenty-two (22) years old when he broke into the majors with the Seattle Mariners on April 11, 1982. Pinnacle highlights of Moore's 161 WIN – 1,667 STRIKEOUT fourteen year MLB career include 1989 MLB All-Star status and pitching in two World Series Championships for the Oakland A's in both 1989 and 1990.