James “Red” Moore
House Resolution 1606
Commending Mr. James "Red" Moore and inviting him to appear before the House of Representatives; and for other purposes.
WHEREAS, more than 60 years ago, Mr. James "Red" Moore of Atlanta was one of the shining stars of the Negro baseball leagues, gaining renown as one of the leagues' most gifted first basemen; and
WHEREAS, prior to the integration of major league baseball in 1948, the Negro National League and the Negro American League showcased many of the most talented baseball players in the world; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Moore first began playing with "semipro" baseball squads at age 13 before being discovered by the then minor league Atlanta Black Crackers in 1934; and
WHEREAS, in 1936, he joined the Negro National League's Newark Eagles, becoming part of the team's "million dollar infield," and in 1938 he played with the Atlanta Black Crackers as a major league team; and
WHEREAS, while Mr. Moore was with the Crackers, the team won the Negro American League's second-half championship, and he was named to its all-star team; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Moore played with the Baltimore Elite Giants before leaving major league baseball to serve his country as a member of the United States military during World War II; and
WHEREAS, during his athletic career, Mr. Moore gained a reputation for his defensive grace and has been called the "most perfect" first baseman of all time; and
WHEREAS, the DeKalb History Center has recently launched an exhibition of the memorabilia of Mr. Moore, believed to be the only living Negro leagues player in Georgia; and
WHEREAS, Mr. Moore continues to share his story with today's youth, serving as an outstanding role model for all of Georgia's athletes.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES that the members of this body join in commending Mr. James "Red" Moore on his extraordinary contributions to the history of baseball.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Mr. James "Red" Moore is invited to appear before the House of Representatives for purposes of being recognized by the House and receiving an appropriate copy of this resolution at a date and time to be fixed by the Speaker of the House.
By Representatives Benfield of the 85th, Watson of the 91st, Oliver of the 83rd, Stephenson of the 92nd, Williams of the 89th, and others.
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