In 1915, new manager Moran took Phillies to new heights

In 1915, new manager Moran took Phillies to new heights

After 14 years as a catcher with three National League clubs, including 1910-14 with the Phillies, Pat Moran replaced Red Dooin as manager following a sixth-place finish in '14. The official announcement was made Oct. 19.

Moran, an excellent defensive catcher and handler of pitchers, played for the Boston Beaneaters (1901-05) and the Chicago Cubs (1906-10) before the Phils acquired him from the Cubs on waivers in July 1910 to help spell Dooin, the player-manager and the regular catcher who was temporarily sidelined with a broken ankle. Moran caught 56 games that season and only one each during the 1913 and '14 seasons, serving mostly as Dooin's pitching coach.

Moran was credited with changing the delivery of a rookie pitcher in 1911 and convincing Dooin not to send the hurler to the Minors. That pitcher was Grover Cleveland Alexander, who became a future Hall of Famer.

When Moran took over as the Phillies' manager, he made numerous roster changes that led to the franchise's first NL pennant in 1915. His club took over first place on July 13 and never looked back, finishing with a 90-62 record. The Phils lost to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, 4-1.

Moran left the Phillies following the 1918 season to become the pitching coach for the New York Giants. But the Cincinnati Reds hired him away from the Giants as their manager. As he had done in Philadelphia, Moran led the Reds to their first pennant in 1919. This time, his team won the World Series, beating the infamous Black Sox of Chicago. Moran died from Bright's Disease, a kidney ailment, in Spring Training 1924 in Orlando, Fla., at age 48.

Larry Shenk is the vice president of alumni relations for the Phillies. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.