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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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One and done

That 1910 season, which started began in Class C ball in Youngstown and concluded in the majors with Washington, was Moyer’s only foray into professional baseball.

He followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming a doctor, as denoted on his draft registration card for World War I. The draft card, which he filled out on Sept. 12, 1918 at age 33, listed Moyer’s address as 2046 E. 88th St., Cleveland, and his occupation as “physician.”

He would also register for the draft in World War II.

Staying at it

While Moyer gave up baseball after his one season in the majors, Ralston stuck with it for a couple more seasons.

He spent 1911 with three teams — the St. Paul Saints, the Milwaukee Brewers and the Columbus Senators — of the Class A American Association, hitting just .208, going 70 for 337 in 101 combined games. Among his 70 hits were 8 doubles, 8 triples and 6 home runs, posting a .332 slugging percentage.

Ralston’s final season on the diamond was in 1912 with St. Paul, then playing at the Class AA level. Playing in 81 games, the Pierpont native hit .247, going 67 for 271, hitting 8 home runs, 6 triples and 6 home runs.

However, at age 26, he was done with the game.

While Moyer went to college to become a doctor, Ralston did so at Pittsburgh to become a dentist. On his World War I draft registration card, filled out Sept. 12, 1918, it listed him residing in Allegheny, Pa.

On Moyer’s World War II draft registration card, the then-56 year-old was listed as being a dentist and working in an office located in the Union Trust Building in Allegheny.

The card also listed him as having “a scar above his left eye.”

Epilogue

Samuel Beryl “Doc” Ralston died on Aug. 29, 1950 in Lancaster, Pa. He was 65.

Charles Edward Moyer outlived his former Senators teammate, dying on Nov. 18, 1962 in Jacksonville, Fla. He was 77.

In one final connection, the two Ashtabula County natives were both cremated.

McCormack is the sports editor of the Star Beacon. Reach him at donmac@suite224.net.

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