HERB MOFORD

Herbert Moford was born on August 6th, 1928. He played baseball for Bracken County and graduated in 1946. There were few baseball games at the time due to World War II.

Moford pitched in the Minor League for 17 years. He pitched in the Major League for a total of four seasons with the St Louis Cardinals (1955), Detroit Tigers (1958), Boston Red Sox (1959), and New York Mets (1962). For his Major League career, Moford threw 157 1/3 innings, had a career record of 5-13, with 78 strikeouts, 3 saves, and a 5.03 ERA. He pitched in the first game in Mets franchise history in 1962, and pitched in their first home game two days later at the Polo Grounds.

While not playing baseball, Moford was also a tobacco farmer and cattle rancher. Moford also turned to politics, becoming the campaign manager for former team mate Jim Bunning, who once ran for the Governor of Kentucky. Herb never lost his love for the game, and always helped out to coach youth baseball players in the area. He was known for always signing his contract every spring and never putting up a fight.

Herb Moford passed away on December, 3rd, 2005. In honor of his achievements, he was inducted into the Bracken County Athletic Hall of Fame in 2018.