By: Mark House
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Former All-American for the Oral Roberts baseball team, Mike Moore, is one of seven individuals to be inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in the Class of 2019.
The Oklahoma Sports Hall Of Fame unanimously selected the World Series Champion and Major League Baseball All-Star from Eakly, Oklahoma, to become a member of their time honored roll of Hall Of Fame inductees. Moore will join Kendall Cross, Patti Gasso, Lou Henson Will Shields, Bob Stoops and Mickey Tettleton as members of the Class of 2019.
World Series Champion and Major League Baseball All-Star, Moore is Oklahoma born and raised. From the red dirt Caddo County peanut fields of Eakly, Oklahoma, to the red dirt mounds of Major League Baseball, Moore's fourteen-year MLB career reached a unique pinnacle against the San Francisco Giants in 1989. Moore was the winning pitcher of record in game two and game four as the Oakland A's swept the Giants four games to none in the infamous "Quake Series."
As an All-Star and World Series Champion for the Oakland A's, Moore was the first American League pitcher to produce a World Series hit within a ten-year span from 1979 to 1989. Previous to Moore's two-run double against the Giants in the 1989 World Series, American League pitchers had gone 0-70 at the plate.
Before becoming a World Series Champion and MLB All-Star, Moore, while pitching for Oral Roberts University (ORU), earned All-American status and became the first and only Oklahoman ever selected No. 1 overall in the fifty-four year history of the MLB Draft. Following his prominent collegiate career with ORU, the Seattle Mariners selected Moore as the first right handed pitcher ever to be chosen as a No. 1 MLB Draft Pick in 1981.
Previous to accepting a baseball scholarship from ORU, Moore was a dominant student athlete for Eakly High School. With a 24-2 senior season record and an unbelievable 0.05 ERA, Moore secured his final high school victory while being selected MVP in Oklahoma's 29th Annual All-State Baseball Classic in 1978.
While completing an impressively successful MLB career with the Detroit Tigers, Moore moved to the top of the list in regard to most career strikeouts (1,667) by a pitcher born and raised in Oklahoma. Moore's 161 career MLB victories are second only to Allie Reynolds. Comparing Moore's career average strikeout's per season of 119, he is tops as an Oklahoma born and raised pitcher and only four shy of the great Warren Spahn.
Returning to his Caddo County roots and giving back to the game that has made him famous, Moore currently serves as a volunteer coach for the OSSAA Class B Lookeba-Sickles Panther baseball program.
The Oklahoma Sports Hall Of Fame will host a media luncheon Feb. 19 to introduce their 2019 inductees.
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