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Moran was a peppery little lefthanded leadoff hitter who had two seasons as a regular
at Brooklyn, then became one of the 11 who played George Stallings's weak outfield
in the Braves' miracle year of 1914.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»November 24, 1913: Joe Tinker is out as Reds manager, but is still their property as a player. On December 12th he will be sold to Brooklyn for $25,000, $10,000 of which goes to him. P Earl Yingling and OF Herbie Moran are sent to Cincinnati later as part of the deal. When Charles Ebbets puts off signing Tinker, he jumps to the Feds, signing to manage Chicago for $12,000.
»August 23, 1914: The Giants lose their 5th straight, to Cincinnati 3–2, and the idle Braves move into a tie for first place. Herb Moran, playing his last game for Cincy before being sold to the Braves, doubles in the game-winner in the 9th. The 3rd place Reds will win all three games with the Giants at Redland Field, but will soon head in the other direction, losing 19 in a row in September to finish last.
»September 7, 1914: The Braves and Giants play an A.M.-P.M. twin bill in Boston on Labor Day. To accommodate the crowds, the Braves have moved their home games to Fenway Park, courtesy of owner Joe Lannin: Fenway has triple the seating capacity of South End Grounds. The two contests draw 74,163 on the day. The Braves, down 4–3 to Christy Mathewson in the 9th, storm back for two runs to win the opener. Josh Devore scratches a single, Herb Moran doubles into the crowd ringing the outfield, and Johnny Evers slaps a single that eludes George Burns to drive home the tying and winning runs. Jeff Tesreau wins the nitecap, 10–1, and the Giants pile on Lefty Tyler. In the Giants' 4-run sixth, Fred Snodgrass takes a pitch on the sleeve to reach 1B, thumbing his nose at Tyler along the way. Lefty retaliates by acting out Fred's 1912 muff. When Snodgrass returns to CF, the crowd is merciless to the point that Boston Mayor Curley rushes on the field and demands the umpires eject the Giant player. McGraw, worried that Snodgrass might incur an injury, replaces Snodgrass.