Sunday, August 25, 2013
WSC Vintage: Moxie Manuel
Moxie started his career in 1903 pitching for the Vicksburg Hill Billies, a level D team in the Cotton States League. While he did bounce around the minor leagues until 1913, he caught on with the Washington Senators in 1905. Manuel pitched in three games for the Senators, including a complete game during the second game of a double header to end the 1905 season on October 7, 1905 between the Senators and the Philadelphia Athletics, when the game was agreed upon to end in a tie after five innings.
In August 1907, Moxie was purchased by the White Sox from the New Orleans Pelicans of the Southern Association. Manuel pitched sixty and a third innings in eighteen games during the 1908 season for the Pale Hose. His final game was on September 14, 1908, at age twenty-six. The second place Sox lost the game at home to the third place Cleveland Naps, 10-4. The 1908 White Sox finished the season in third place, a game behind second place Cleveland and one and a half games behind the AL Champion Detroit Tigers.