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A Midwest League Career



All that matters is that when we go to the ballpark to play against Wisconsin Rapids tonight, we're going to have to pitch around Moe Hill and not give him any fastballs in game-winning situations if we are to win.

---Rick Wolff, July 17, 1974

Elmore Hill signed a professional contract with the Orioles out of high school and was assigned to the Fox Cities Foxes in the Midwest League. Moe reported to Appleton shortly before his eighteenth birthday, appeared in 107 games for the Foxes, and had a decent season:

       G  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB  SO SB HB   BA  OBP  SLG
1965 107 396  38 109 18  2  7  51 23 106  3  5 .275 .323 .384

That earned him a promotion to Miami in the Florida State League, but he didn't hit well there and was moved to Stockton in the Cal League. He finished 1966 at Batavia in the NY-P. All in all, a wasted season.


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The O's put him back at Miami for the next two seasons, where he showed good power but a poor batting eye. He was out of baseball the next summer due to illness and returned to the Florida State League as a Twins farmhand in 1970; he led the league in homers and was once again a prospect.

Moe began the 1971 season at Charlotte--Double-A ball--but played horribly and was sent down to Lynchburg, then finished the season back in our league at Wisconsin Rapids. He played 20 MWL games that summer, with 14 extra-base hits. This was the beginning of Moe's remarkable string of Wisconsin Rapids seasons:

       G  AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI BB  SO SB HB   BA  OBP  SLG
1971  20  78  11  18  4  2  8  16  9  26  1  0 .231 .310 .641
1972 101 359  71  88  9  2 20  69 36  81 10  3 .245 .319 .448
1973 112 424  62 115 26  4  7  76 40  78  8  4 .271 .340 .401
1974 121 443  95 150 25  2 32 113 61  83 11  2 .339 .421 .621
1975 126 404  71 111 13  1 31  86 64  78  2  2 .275 .377 .542
1976 128 486 112 132 30  4 30 103 80  92  1  4 .272 .379 .535
1977 137 477 104 145 17  3 41 112 94 114  6  4 .304 .423 .610
1978 117 416  62 116 25  0 25  94 68 112  8  3 .279 .384 .519

Moe turned 31 in 1978; it was his eighth consecutive MWL season and his ninth overall. There's no other MWL career vaguely like this.


Moe won the triple crown in 1974, and although his 1977 season was probably better he wasn't selected to any all-star position.

From 1974 to 1977 he led the league in homers; three of those years he also led in RBIs. In 1976 he led the league in runs scored. A fine, fine career in the low minors.

Moe's MWL career:

Yr   G   AB   R   H  2B 3B  HR RBI  BB  SO SB HB  AVG  OBP  SLG
 9 969 3483 626 984 167 20 201 720 475 770 50 27 .283 .369 .515

The Twins gave him another shot at Double-A in 1979; he hit a few homers but was otherwise awful. After appearing in a handful of games in 1980 at Fort Myers, he retired.




After the kind of year he had this year, it will be interesting to see if Moe will still be playing in Class A next year.

---Rick Wolff, August 22, 1974


Hill was one of Ruben Amaro's coaches at Rockford in 1997. He's currently on the coaching staff of the Bowie BaySox.


I get the stats for these little career essays from SABR's Pat Doyle.

Rick Wolff devotes about two pages of his minor league career journal, What's a Nice Harvard Boy Like You Doing in the Bushes?, to describing Hill and his career.

Michael Trzinski, who watched Hill play when he was growing up in Wisconsin Rapids, puts Hill's career in a larger context in a pair of articles at Buzzle. Baseball Reference's Bullpen also has some details.

This profile originated as the April 24, 1999, Midwest League Tidbit on the Midwest League Mailing List.


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