Aggies baseball lost a member of its Texas A&M Sports Hall of Fame on Friday evening.
Wally Moon, who played for Texas A&M in 1949 and 1950 before going on to have a decorated career in Major League Baseball, died at the age of 87 in Bryan, Texas, as first reported by Gabe Bock of TexAgs.
Moon played basketball and baseball as an Aggie and was an All-Southwest Conference outfielder in 1950. In his first season with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1954, he made an immediate splash by hitting a home run in his first at-bat before winning NL Rookie of the Year.
The honors didn’t stop there as he was a 3-time All-Star and a 1960 NL Gold Glove winner. The second chapter of his career was with the Los Angeles Dodgers, joining the franchise in 1959, just a year after it moved to Los Angeles.
It was there that Moon was a part of three World Series championship teams in 1959, 1963 and 1965.
During the first of those three championships with the Dodgers, Moon finished fourth in the NL MVP voting behind only Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron.
Moon became known for his towering home runs called “Moon shots.” During the course of his 12-year career, he recorded 142 home runs, but it was the way he hit them that caught the attention of fans.
Moon had an MLB-best11 triples in 1959 and .463 on-base percentage in 1961.