2018-04-01 15:18:12 UTC
Rowley - Gerald Braheen Moses, “Moe”, 71, of Rowley, died peacefully
surrounded by his family at High Pointe Hospice House on March 26, 2018
in Haverhill after a long battle with dementia.
Jerry was born on August 9, 1946, in Yazoo City, MS to the late Samuel
S. Moses and Mary Frances Moses. He graduated from Yazoo City High
School and signed a contract with the Boston Red Sox in 1964 where he
was immediately placed on the 40-man roster. In 1970, Jerry received
the BoSox Club’s Man of the Year Award, a prestigious honor presented
annually to a Red Sox player who distinguishes himself both on and off
the field. He holds the record as the youngest Red Sox player to ever
hit a home run out of Fenway Park (still regarded as one of the
farthest ever). His Major League career spanned nine seasons. In 1970,
he was voted an MLB All-Star for the Boston Red Sox.
Jerry’s athleticism was not confined to baseball. In 1964 while he was
contemplating signing a major league contract he was offered a
scholarship by Paul “Bear” Bryant at The University of Alabama as a
quarterback and turned down several college scholarships to sign with
the Red Sox. Upon his retirement from Major League Baseball, Jerry
began a second career in the food service industry with Ogden Food
Service Corporation. He became a successful business man, which led him
to start his own food service and concession company, Fanfare Inc.
After several years of expanding his company, he sold to Fine Host Corp
to spend more time with his family. Jerry was very involved in several
charities. He was awarded the prestigious “Jimmy Award” and was also
the Chairman of The Genesis Fund, where he held numerous events to
support and raise money for children with birth defects. His love of
baseball and children compelled him to start one of the most well-known
baseball camps with his longtime friend and Red Sox Alum, Mike Andrews.
Of all of Jerry’s accomplishments, the most important was his family.
He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carolyn (Altieri) Moses, whom
he married in 1968 at Most Blessed Sacrament Church in Wakefield; his
children, Kristin Reynolds of Ipswich, Stephen Moses and wife, Meghan
of Ipswich; seven grandchildren, Amy, Luke, Jack, Ben, Quinn, Tynan and
McKenna; a brother, Samuel “Rollo” Moses and wife Beth of Tennessee,
and sisters, Tiffie Moses and Pam Harris and husband, Kenneth, all of
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on April 3, 2018, at 10
a.m. at Our Lady of Hope Church, 1 Pineswamp Road, Ipswich. Family and
friends are respectfully welcomed. Interment will be private. Visiting
hours are Monday, April 2 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Whittier-Porter
Funeral Home, 6 High Street, Ipswich. In lieu of flowers the family
requests all memorial contributions be sent to The Stern Lab for
Clinical Research in Neurodegenerative Disease at Boston University,
www.sternneurolab.org/donate/. For directions or to send a condolence
please visit www.whittier-porter.com.
Published on March 30, 2018
Gerald Braheen Moses (August 9, 1946 – March 26, 2018) was an American
professional baseball player. A catcher, he signed a bonus contract
with the Boston Red Sox in 1964 and spent his early Major League
Baseball career with the Bosox, but over the course of his nine years
in MLB Moses would play for seven different teams. He batted and threw
right-handed, stood 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighed 210
pounds (95 kg).
Moses first appeared briefly with the Red Sox in 1965 at age 18 due to
his bonus status, hitting a home run for his first hit, and also
becoming the youngest player to hit a home run with the Red Sox, but
soon returned to the minor leagues for more seasoning. He made the
majors for good in 1969, and in 1970 Moses served as Boston's
first-string catcher and was selected to the American League All-Star
team. But after that season, he was included with Red Sox slugger Tony
Conigliaro in a blockbuster trade to the California Angels. He did not
win the Angels' starting catcher job and batted only .227 in 1971, and
then began his career as a journeyman, never spending more than one
full season with the Angels, Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees,
Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres and Chicago White Sox. He served as
Detroit's regular catcher in 1974.
All told, Moses played in 386 major league games and collected 269 hits.