Wednesday, June 6, 2012
On this day in 1955, the Baltimore Orioles traded Les Moss to the Chicago White Sox for Fritz Dorish.
Les spent parts of four seasons with the South Siders, which were his last in the majors. Moss started out fine with Chicago, but progressively got worse at the plate. He was the third string catcher in 1958, but only appeared in two games, despite being in the dugout the entire year.
Moss signed with the Sox again in 1959, but did not play above the minor league level. After his minor league career fizzled out, Les became the White Sox batting practice catcher and scouted for the team. In 1967, he became a coach for the Sox and succeeded Eddie Stanky as manager for two games. When new manager Al Lopez had an appendectomy which became infected, it was Moss who became the interim manager for thirty-four games in Lopez's absence during the 1968 season.