Herb Moford

Herbert Moford (August 6, 1928 – December 3, 2005) was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the St. Louis Cardinals (1955), Detroit Tigers (1958), Boston Red Sox (1959) and New York Mets (1962). He was born in Brooksville, Kentucky, stood 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall and weighed 175 pounds (79 kg).

Moford spent each of his four major league seasons with a different team. His most significant year was 1958 with the Detroit Tigers, when he posted a 4–9 record with 58 strikeouts and a 3.61 ERA in 25 games pitched, including six complete games in 11 starts. In 157⅓ career MLB innings, Moford had a 5–13 record with 78 strikeouts, a 5.03 ERA, and three saves.

On April 11, 1962, Moford was one of four Met pitchers in the first game in franchise history, an 11–4 defeat against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. The other pitchers used by Mets' manager Casey Stengel were Roger Craig (the loser), Bob Moorhead and Clem Labine.

Moford died in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the age of 77.

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