Ex-Phillie 'Moon' Mullen dies

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Posted: March 05, 2013

FORD PARKER "Moon" Mullen, the oldest Phillies alumnus - who played one season for the team in 1944 before going off to fight in World War II - died Thursday in Stanwood, Wash., at age 96.

It not only was Moon's only year with the Phillies, but it was his only year in the major leagues. He was a left-handed hitting second baseman who hit .267 in 118 games.

Moon was a native of Olympia, Wash., and played on the University of Oregon's legendary "Tall Firs" basketball team that beat Ohio State in the first NCAA title game in 1939.

He began playing professional baseball in the Detroit Tigers organization with the Class D Alexandria (Louisiana) Aces, in 1939. He was playing with the Seattle Rainiers in 1943 when he was traded to the Phillies.

Larry Shenk, Phillies vice president of alumni relations, said that the team sent Moon a Phillies jersey with his name and number (1) on the back when he turned 94. Moon sent back a note thanking the team for the shirt and noted that he and his wife, Jessie, 93, "have reminisced often of our brief stay in Philadelphia."

- John F. Morrison

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