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1987 Donruss DONNIE MOORE Auto Card PSA/DNA (Dec. 1989)
 

1987 Donruss DONNIE MOORE Auto Card PSA/DNA (Dec. 1989)

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1987 DONRUSS #110 DONNIE MOORE AUTOGRAPHED CARD – PSA/DNA CERTIFIED

Another nice collectible for your consideration. You are looking on one (1) 1987 Donruss #110 Donnie Moore Autographed Card, PSA/DNA Certified. The Donnie Moore signed '87 Donruss card offered in this product is shown in the photograph below. This card has been hand signed by Moore in ball point pen. The signature has been certified by PSA/DNA and the card has been slabbed in a tamper-resistant case. Signature is PSA/DNA #07175906 and it has been graded "AUTHENTIC." Check out my other products for more signatures certified by PSA/BGS or JSA.

Former professional baseball relief pitcher Donnie Moore was born February 13, 1954. The Chicago Cubs selected Donnie Moore with the third overall pick in the 1973 MLB Amateur Draft and he made his Major League debut on September 14, 1975. Moore played for the Chicago Cubs (1975, 1977-1979), the St. Louis Cardinals (1980), the Milwaukee Brewers (1981), the Atlanta Braves (1982-1984) and the California Angeles (1985-1988).

The 1985 All-Star selection is best known for his role in the 1986 ALCS and for his tragic suicide. The Angels started Game 5 of the 1986 American League Championship Season with a 3-1 lead in the best-of-seven series against the Boston Red Sox. Moore entered the game in the ninth inning, the Angels leading 5-4 and one strike away from advancing to the World Series. After a 2-2 count, Dave Henderson planted the ball in the left-field bleachers for a two run home run. The Angels were able to score in the bottom of the inning, but lost the game in overtime. The loss left the Angels with a 3-2 advantage. However, they were not able to close it out, losing the final two games of the series by wide margins, 10-4 and 8-1. In the public perception, Moore became indelibly associated with the Angels' loss of the pennant. After this game, his rapid decline as a reliever made him the locus for residual frustration and he was booed by his team's own fans whenever he took the mound.

After Moore was released by the Angels in 1988, he came home to a broken marriage. On July 18, 1989, Moore shot his wife Tonya three times, who fled the scene and lived, before fatally shooting himself in the presense of one of his sons. One pitch in October of 1986 did not kill him. Donnie's life had fallen apart from a variety of problems, most of which revolved around being too injured to pitch (and therefore earn a living) and the desire of his wife to leave him.

"One . . . game and I shouldn't have even been in it…I was scheduled to get two cortisone shots for my rib and shoulder that night. They weren't even planning to use me. The fans look only at the bottom line. They have a right to boo, but I think I handled it well because I always gave my all. I hope that's how I'll be remembered." - Donnie Moore.


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