December 4th, 2012

Wally Moon Trade

December 4, 1958 – The Dodgers traded center fielder Gino Cimoli to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for outfielder Wally Moon. The idea of playing at the Los Angeles Coliseum initially didn’t appeal to the left-handed hitting Moon. But Cardinals teammate Stan Musial suggested Moon had the swing to “pepper” the Coliseum’s left-field screen, which was just 240 feet from home plate. Moon gave it a try and his opposite-field home runs became “Moon Shots” as the Dodgers went from seventh place in 1958 to World Champs in 1959.