RIP, Andres Mora

MoraAndresI was sorry to learn of the passing of former Orioles outfielder Andres Mora, who died last week at the age of 60. I remember facing him in 1976, his rookie season, and my last one. It was the bottom of the 8th inning and I was pitching for the Texas Rangers at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore. We had a 6-1 lead. Mark Belanger hit a single to left and moved to second on Bobby Grich’s groundout. Lee May hit a single to left and Belanger scored. Then Mora came to the plate. He hit a solid single to left, moving May to second. Paul Blair drove in May with a double to left. With Mora at third, Frank Lucchesi pulled me and Steve Foucault in relief got Ken Singleton to pop up to Roy Howell at third to end the inning. Rest in peace, Andres Mora. Your fans will always remember your contribution to the game.

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