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Moe Morhardt

Moe Morhardt
First baseman
Born: (1937-01-16) January 16, 1937 (age 77)
Manchester, Connecticut
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
September 7, 1961 for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
May 19, 1962 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Batting average .206
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 3
Teams

Meredith Goodwin "Moe" Morhardt (born January 16, 1937) is an American former Major League Baseball first baseman. He played parts of the 1961 and 1962 seasons with the Chicago Cubs, appearing in 25 major league games.[1]

Playing career

Morhardt attended the University of Connecticut, where he was a two-sport All-American in soccer and baseball, also playing basketball during his freshman year.[2]

After three seasons of baseball at Connecticut, Morhardt was signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent in summer 1959. He spent the remainder of 1959 at three minor league levels, spending most of the season with the Class D Paris Lakers. He spent all of 1960 with the Class A Lancaster Red Roses. He was assigned to the minor leagues again in 1960 and played much of the season with the Class B Wenatchee Chiefs.[3] In September, he was called up to the Cubs and made his major league debut on September 7, 1961. He appeared in seven games for the Cubs that month, starting each at first base and hitting .278.[4]

Morhardt began the 1962 season with Chicago, appearing in 18 games as a pinch-hitter. After hitting .125 with the Cubs, Morhardt was sent down to the minor leagues and split the rest of the season between Class B Wenatchee and Class AA San Antonio.[5][3]

He spent 1963 and 1964 in the minor leagues before retiring from professional baseball following the 1964 season.[3]

Coaching career

After his playing career, Morhardt was the head baseball coach at The Gilbert School in Winsted, Connecticut from 1967–1987, also serving, at times, as the school's boys' soccer coach, boys' basketball coach, and athletic director. As head baseball coach, Morhardt had a record of 299-134, winning eight league titles and four Class M state championships.[6][7] Starting prior to the 1988 season, Morhardt coached for seven seasons for the Hartford Hawks college baseball team, serving as an assistant from 1988–1992 and head coach from 1993–1994.[8] From 1997–1999, he was the head coach of the Western Connecticut Colonials baseball team.[6][9] Morhardt also spent time as the head coach of the Danbury Westerners of the New England Collegiate Baseball League, coaching the team from 19982004.[6][10]

Morhardt was elected to the Manchester Sports Hall of Fame on May 20, 1980.[2]

Yearly coaching records

NCAA

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason

1993 Hartford 20-27 9-15 6th NAC Tournament
1994 Hartford 22-27 10-11 5th NAC Tournament
Hartford: 42-54 19-26

1997 Western Connecticut State 13-16 5-9 3rd (South)
1998 Western Connecticut State 15-22 3-11 8th LEC Tournament
1999 Western Connecticut State 4-22 1-13 8th
Western Connecticut State: 32-60 9-33
Total: 74-114

      National champion         Conference regular season champion         Conference tournament champion
      Conference regular season and conference tournament champion       Conference division champion

[9][11][12][13]

Collegiate summer baseball

NECBL

Season Team Record Standing Playoffs
1998 Danbury 25-17 2nd Semifinals
1999 Danbury 23-19 t-4th Finals
2000 Danbury 21-20 5th
2001 Danbury 17-23 4th (National)
2002 Danbury 25-16 1st (Western) Semifinals
2003 Danbury 22-17 5th Quarterfinals
2004 Danbury 15-25 7th (Southern)
Total 148-137

References

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