James “Red” Moore played five seasons in the Negro Major Leagues, where he was recognized as one of the league's premier first basemen.
- 1935 - Atlanta Black Crackers
- 1936-1937 - Newark Eagles*
- 1938 - Baltimore Elite Giants* & Atlanta Black Crackers*
- 1939-1940 - Baltimore Elite Giants
- 1946-1948 - Atlanta Black Crackers
He played on three All-Star teams, three Second Half Championship teams and was selected to the 1938 Southern News Services All-American Negro League Baseball Team.
*Negro Major League teams
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Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Cool Papa Bell , Buck Leonard, Double Duty Radcliffe, Buck O'Neal, Hilton Smith and Judy Johnson were among the players that Red Moore played against. Monte Irvin and Moore were teammates in 1937 with the Newark Eagles. He was roomates with Roy Campanella in 1939-41 with the Baltimore Elite Giants. (In the above photo of the Baltimore Elite Giants, Moore is kneeling 3rd from left -- that's Roy Campanella in catcher's gear in front row.)
- February. Renfroe Middle School Visit
- April. Atlanta History Center Visit
- April. Honored on the Atlanta Braves Jackie Robinson Day (threw out the pitch to start the game and featured on "680 the Fan" radio show).
- July. Recognized at the Negro League Stamp Unveiling
- July. Attended the Baseball Writers Conference and featured in the conference guide
- August. Featured with baseball writers – Pete Van Wieren, Jack Wilkerson, David Cohen and Hal Jacobs at Decatur Library Book Talk
- September. Featured speaker at Mensa Chapter meeting
- October. Attended the Pop Lloyd Celebration- Atlantic City, NJ where he was honored and reuninited with former teammate Monte Irvin
- November. Legacy League Opening Day/visit to Southwest DeKalb High School
- November. Negro League Exhibit at the Decatur Library (Opening and Celebration for Mr. Moore)
- November. Featured profile on Fanhouse.com by writer Terrance Moore
- November. "On First with James Red Moore" event at Decatur Library
- December. Recognized at the Mike Glenn Tom Molineaux Celebration with other pioneers in sports
Red Moore is the only living Atlanta Black Cracker who played on the 1938 championship team. (See 1938 Atlanta Constitution write-up featuring Moore, "Black Crackers to Play Today.")
In all, he played five seasons (1935, 1938, 1946-48) with the Atlanta Black Crackers. He wore #3 on his uniform jersey.
Moore grew up in the Bush Mountain community of Oakland City. He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1939, after delaying his graduation from 1929 to 1933 to play semi-pro baseball.
According to Buck O'Neal, former Negro League player, Mr. Moore could "pick it." He was a defensive whiz who often entertained crowds before games by catching the ball behind his back while warming up on the field.
Moore played in the "Million Dollar Infield" that included Dick Seay at second, Willie Wells at shortstop and Ray Dandridge at third base.
On the bookshelf. . . Featured in baseball books such as Negro Baseball before Integration (by Effa Manley and Leon Herbert Hardwick, Saint Johann Press, 2006) and The Crackers (by Tim Darnell, Hill Street Press, 2006) as well as The Biographical Encyclopedia of the Negro Baseball Leagues (by James A. Riley, Carroll & Graf/Richard Gallen, 1994).
In the media . . . Featured in the local newspapers: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (February 2006), DeKalb Neighbor, Decatur Focus, Decatur Dispatch, and CrossRoads. Also featured in the children's section of the AJC and Goodlife.
- Featured in the Barbershop Digest (February 2008).
- Featured in a story about his inside-the-park homerun at Yankee Stadium in a special USA Today sports edition (spring 2008) on the stadium's history. Copies of the issue are for sale at http://www.usatodayservice.com/yankeestadium/
- Special guest at the opening of the Negro League Exhibit in the Atlanta University Center (February 6, 2008).
- Featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article "A Black Diamond Exhibit" (Feb. 10). Article also featured Hank Aaron.
- Guest speaker for the Black History Program at the VA Hospital (Feb. 13).
- Conducted an education series on the Negro Leagues (with author Jim Riley) at Turner Field for area schools. The event was sponsored by the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame and the Atlanta Braves.
- Honored with a special resolution (introduced by State Representative Stephanie Benfield) at the Georgia House of Representatives (February 29).
- Featured in a special USA Today sports edition (spring 2008) about his inside-the-park homerun at Yankee Stadium.
- Honored before the start of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 5 with a special tribute from the Atlanta Braves.
- Honored by the Milwaukee Brewers for his contributions to baseball and society (July 5th).
- Honored by the Atlanta Braves with an on-field presentation (September 9th).
On December 31, 2006, Moore participated in the Chick-Fil-A parade as a member of the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame.
On December 18, 2006, Moore was honored by Michael Glenn, former Atlanta Hawk and numerous athletes as a part of the Tom Molineaux celebration.
On November 4, 2006, Moore participated in the Riverdale Veterans Day Parade.
On August 20, 2006, Moore attended the High School Showcase at Georgia Perimeter with teams from St. Louis, New Orleans, Jacksonville, and Atlanta. He threw out the first pitch for the championship game.
On July 29, 2006, Moore participated at an event with the Roadway Traveling Negro League Museum. He signed autographs with former Atlanta Brave Terry Harper.
On June 9, 2006, Moore was inducted into the Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame with Evander Holyfield, Furman Bisher, Phil Neikro, Bobby Cremins and Wyomia Tyus.
On December 2, 2005, Moore was inducted into the Atlanta Tribune Hall of Fame at a ceremony held at Turner Field in Atlanta.
On September 10, 2005, the Atlanta Native Club honored Moore and former Crackers with a plaque under the magnolia tree at the site of the old Ponce de Leon ball park.
On September 2, 2005, Moore was honored with other Negro League players at the Atlanta Braves game (versus Cincinnati Reds) and was featured in the game day program.
On August 20, 2005, Moore made a guest appearance with the Roadway Express Negro League Mobile Museum at Turner Field.
On August 5, 2005, Moore received the Pioneer Award from the National Association of Black Journalists.