The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


July 3, 2013

South county to the Senators

Doc Ralston of Pierpont, Ed Moyer of Andover became teammates in the majors... then one became a dentist, the other a medical doctor

Sixth and seventh of a series...

Perhaps it would be more appropriate if Rod Serling authored this one. Because the sagas of Samuel Beryl Ralston and Charles Edward Moyer are just short of being worthy of an episode of “The Twilight Zone.”

The two men were born 12 days apart, two decades after the conclusion of the Civil War and the similarities in their respective lives akin to hearing Serling narrate, “That’s the signpost up ahead.”

The roots

Samuel Beryl Ralston was born on Aug. 3, 1885, the son of S.H. Ralston and Martha Brown, in Pierpont.

A dozen days later, Charles Edward Moyer was born, on Aug. 15, 1885, the son of  Dr. Walter E. Moyer and Alma Track.

Both young men were raised in Ashtabula County and in a rarity in that day and age, both Ralston and Moyer went off to college. While it is not known where Moyer headed to continue his education, Ralston studied at the University of Pittsburgh (1904 through 1910).

Hitting the bushes

In 1908, Ralston, known as “Doc,” began his professional baseball career, starting with the New Castle Nocks in the Ohio-Pennsylvania League, a Class C level league (the equivalent to Class A today).

A 6-foot, 185-pound right-handed outfielder, Ralston his .277 in 36 games, going 36 for 130. He was then promoted to the Class B Wheeling Stogies of the Central League. He struggled with the West Virginia-based squad, hitting but .214 in 69 games, going 52 for 243.

Ralston spent the 1909 season away from the game, presumably to dive into his education at Pittsburgh.

He returned to the diamond in the 1910 season at age 24, playing most of the summer with the Akron Champs, a Class C squad in the Ohio-Pennsylvania League and having an outstanding season.

Ralston his .285 in 131 games, with 25 doubles, 11 triples and 11 home runs, going 135 for 473 at the plate.

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