Walt "Moose" Moryn

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"Moose" Moryn (great nickname) played 5 of his 8 major league seasons as an outfielder for the Cubs.  His best season was 1958 when he hit a career
high 26 home runs, drove in 77 runs and batted .264.  His only all-star
appearance came as a Cub in 1958.

Moryn had big shoes to fill early on as he was the Cubs right fielder
replacement for Cubs great, Hank Sauer.  Sauer won the NL MVP in 1952

Moryn played on the same team as Cubs great, Ernie Banks when Banks
was a rookie with the team and when he won back to back MVP honors.

April 12
the birthday of Walt "Moose" Moryn. Moryn played 5 of his 8 major league
seasons as an outfielder for the Cubs. His best season was 1958
when he hit a career high 26 home runs, drove in 77 runs and batted .264.
His only all-star appearance came as a Cub in 1958.

December 9, 1955
Dodgers trade Walt "Moose" Moryn, Don HOak and Russ Meyer to Cubs for
Don Elston and Randy Jackson. 

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April 27, 1956
Moose Moryn drives in all 4 Cubs runs with 3 hits, 2 home runs, but it
isn't enough as the Cubs lose to the Reds 7-4 in Cinncinnatti.

May 12, 1956
At Wrigley Field, Moose Moryn goes 3 for 5 with a double, home run & 3 RBI in a 14-10 victory
over the Cardinals

August 1, 1956
In Philadelphia, the Cubs lose the Phillies 10-8. Moose Moryn goes 3 for 5
with a double, home run & 2 RBI.


August 18, 1956
Moose Moryn goes 3 for 5 with a double, home run & 3 RBI in an 8-1 victory
over the Cardinals in St. Louis.


August 31, 1956
Moose Moryn goes 3 for 4 with 2 solo home runs in a 4-3 loss to the Reds in Cinncinnatti.


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April 30, 1957 
At one point in this game, the Dodgers have a 6-0 lead over the Cubs.   Moose Moryn's grand slam gives the Cubs a 9-7 lead.  Unfortunately, it's not enough as the Dodgers defeat the Cubs 10-9 in Brooklyn. 
 
Moose Moryn goes 3 for4 with a walk, double, home run, driving in 4 runs
and scoring  3 runs. 


June 14, 1957
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Pirates 11-5 as Moose Moryn goes
3 for 4 with a walk, 2 runs scored, a double & 3 RBI.

June 22, 1957
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Giants 12-4 going 4 for 4 with 2
doubles, 2 runs scored & 2 RBI.

July 1, 1957
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the REds 6-0 .  Moose Moryn goes 3 for 4
with a double, home run, 2 runs scored and an RBI.  Dick Drott pitches
a 4-hit complete game shutout. 


July 14, 1957
In New York, the Cubs lose to the Giants 8-6 in 12 innings.  Moose Moryn goes 5 for 6 with an RBI.


August 16, 1957, 12 innings
Moose Moryn goes 3 for 6 with 2 runs scored a home run and 3 RBI.  His 12th inning home run is the walk-off hit for the Cubs at Wrigley Field. 


August 28, 1957
In Brooklyn, Cubs lose to the Dodgers, 4-3 in 14 innings.  Moose Moryn
goes 4 for 6 with 2 doubles, a run scored and an RBI.

September 10, 1957
At Wrigley Field, Moose Moryn goes 3 for 5 with a run scored as Cubs defeat the Dodgers 9-2


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May 2, 1958
On May 1, 1958, Johnny Goryl hit a 9th inning walk-off home run to defeat
the Milwaukee Braves.

On this day, it is Walt "Moose" Moryn who sends Wrigley Field fans home
happy with a ninth inning walk-off home run. Cubs defeat Braves 8-7 for
their 2nd straight walkoff victory.

 
May 4, 1958, (game 1 of a doubleheader)
Moose Moryn doubles home Ernie Banks for a Cubs walkoff victory over the Reds, 5-4 at Wrigley Field. 


May 30, 1958, (game 2 of a doubleheader)
Lots of home runs at Wrigley Field as Gil Hodges & Don Zimmer homer for the Dodgers. For the Cubs, in the 4th inning with the Dodgers leading 7-1,
Ernie Banks and "Moose Moryn" hit back to back home runs to cut lead
to 7-3. In the 7th inning, the Cubs go back to back again when Moose
Moryn hits his 2nd home run of the game and Chuck Tanner follows with
another to tie the game 8-8. In the bottom of the ninth, Sandy Koufax
comes into the game in relief and after Ernie Banks singles, Moose
Moryn ends an amazing game with a 2-run, walkoff home run for a 10-8 Cubs victory.

In game 1 of this doubleheader, the Cubs also had a walkoff victory.  the Cubs trailed in bottom of 9th inning 2-0.  Moryn doubled home Ernie Banks with the tying run and scored the winning run on a hit by Sammy Taylor.


June 19, 1958
Moose Moryn goes 3 for 4 with 2 solo home runs to help cubs defeat the
Milwaukee Braves 5-4 at County Stadium in Milwaukee.

June 8, 1958
At Wrigley Field, Cubs shut out Pirates 4-0.  Moose Moryn goes 3 for
4 with a HR and 2 RBI.  Moe Drabowsky pitches a 1-hit complete game
shutout. Ted Kluszewski's 2nd inning leadoff single is the only Pirates
hit. 


July 14, 1958
Cubs come back multiple times after trailing early 9-3, the team scores
4 runs in 9th inning to tie the game 9-9. In the 11th inning, the
Pirates score a run to take a 10-9 lead, but Moose Moryn's double
drives in both Sammy Taylor & Ernie Banks for an 11-10 Cubs walk-off
victory at Wrigley Field.


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May 12, 1959 
At Wrigley Field, Cubs come from behind and score 5 runs in the 9th inning.  Moose Moryn's home run ties the game and the Cubs, Earl Averill gets the walk-off, a grand slam for a 7-3 Cubs
victory.


September 6, 1959   (game 2 of a doubleheader)
Cubs defeat the Dodgers 5-3 in Los Angeles.  Moose Moryn goes 3 for 4 with a walk, double, home run, 2 runs scored & 3 RBI.



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May 15, 1960

Cubs pitcher Don Cardwell pitched his first game as a member of the team and he made quite a first impression, no-hitting the St. Louis  Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Moose Moryn saved the no-hitter in a dramatic way by making a great catch to end the game and preserve the no-hitter. Check out the You Tube video below for a replay of the ninth inning announced by the great Cubs announcer, Jack Brickhouse. If you want to fast forward to Moryn's great catch, the pitch is thrown around 2:35.



Moose Moryn's catch that saved Don Cardwell's no-hitter

June 15, 1960
In game 2 of a doubleheader at County Stadium in Milwaukee, the Cubs defeat the Braves 8-5.  Moose Moryn goes 3 for 4 with 2 runs scored. 


Walt Moryn, how he got the nickname "Moose".  One of his early fans on the Cubs was Yosh Kawano, a guy that Harry Caray mentioned all the time in his broadcasts of Cubs games.  The rest of his MLB career and much more at the Society for American Baseball Research

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