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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

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Different story

While Ralston left Ashtabula County to go to college and also play professional baseball, Moyer, going by his middle name, Ed, did not get back into baseball until the 1910 season.

Playing for the Youngstown Steelmen, a Class C squad in the Ohio-Pennsylvania League, the right-handed pitcher made 20 starts, posting an 8-10 record on the bump.

Familiarity

With both Ashtabula County natives playing in the Ohio-Pennsylvania League in the summer of 1910, they no doubt squared off on several occasions.

Despite his less-than-break-even record for the Class Youngstown Steelmen, something about Moyer’s work on the mound must have been impressive.

Because in mid-July, the Andover resident was summoned.

To the majors.

On Wednesday, July 20, 1910, the 24-year-old Moyer made his major-league debut for the Washington Senators in an 8-4 victory against the visiting Cleveland Naps, later to be known as the Cleveland Indians. He was the first Andover native to appear in a major-league game.

While the Senators, members of the National League, were managed by Jimmy McAleer, Moyer joined a pitching staff that was anchored by Walter Johnson, who would be elected into the Hall of Fame in 1936.

Connecting

While Moyer had been with the Senators since mid-July, just less than two months later, he would be joined by a familiar face.

As in fellow Ashtabula County native Doc Ralston.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, 1910, the 24-year-old Ralston made his major-league debut in an 8-2 loss to the visiting New York Yankees. He was the first Pierpont native to reach the majors.

Stat attack

Moyer pitched in six games for the Senators that season, posting an 0-3 record and a solid 3.24 earned run average. Three of his six appearances were starts, two of which he completed.

He worked 25.0 innings, allowing 22 hits, 9 earned runs, 1 home run, striking out 3 and walking 13.

Moyer also made eight plate appearances, recording 1 hit for a .125 batting average. He struck out 5 times, but did drive in a pair of runs.

Ralston played in 21 games for the Senators, all in left field, and hit .205, going 15 for 73. He had 1 double, drove in 3 runs, walked 3 times, stole 2 bases, was hit by two pitches and laid down 4 sacrifice bunts.

In the field, he had 38 putouts, 3 assists and made 1 error.

Moyer made his final appearance on the mound that season on Oct. 4 in an 8-5 road loss to the Yankees, while Ralston appeared in both ends of a doubleheader split against the visiting Boston Red Sox two days later.

Despite the presence of Hall of Famer Johnson (25-17, 1.36 ERA) on the mound, Moyer, Ralston and the rest of the Senators struggled mightily as a team in 1910, finishing 66-85, seventh in the eight-team American League.

Washington finished 36.5 games behind the pennant-winning Philadelphia Athletics.

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