Sunday, April 6, 2014

1978 Topps Baseball #126 - Paul Moskau

  • Paul Moskau was originally drafted from Arizona State University by the Cleveland Indians in 1974. Paul didn't sign, so he was drafted again by the Cincinnati Reds in 1975.
  • Moskau progressed quickly through the Reds' system. He had excellent records in 1975 (10-2, 1.53 ERA in Rookie and A- ball) and in 1976 (13-6, 1.55 ERA in AA). 
  • Paul started the 1977 season in AAA Indianapolis. He was called up to the Reds in June. Moskau had a pretty good rookie season, going 6-6 with a 4.00 ERA in 20 games (19 starts).
  • In 1978 Moskau started the season in Indianapolis. He pitched well in four starts and was called up in early May. Paul was roughed up by the Montreal Expos in his first 1978 start. He made a relief appearance and earned the save, and then from May 19 until the end of the year Paul was a starter. Moskau's 1978 season was very similar to his 1977 season (6-4, 3.97 ERA).
  • Paul only pitched once after July 31 in 1979. He made two appearances in AAA Indianapolis (probably a rehab assignment). Moskau was 5-4 with a 3.89 ERA in 21 games (15 starts) during the season. He did not appear in the NL Championship Series.
  • Paul's last year as a full-time starter was in 1980. Moskau made 19 starts and had 14 relief appearances during the season. Paul was 9-7 with 2 saves and had a 4.01 ERA in 1980.
  • Moskau was moved to the bullpen in 1981. He made one start on August 30 and spent the rest of the season as a middle reliever and occasional late inning guy. Paul was 2-1 with 2 saves and had a 4.94 ERA.
  • Before the 1982 season Moskau was traded to the Baltimore Orioles for Wayne Krenchicki. Paul was placed on waivers at the end of spring training. He was picked up by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Moskau had a 1-3 record with a 4.37 ERA in 13 games (5 starts) for the Pirates. He had a stint with AAA Portland and really had a tough time (0-4, 10.32 ERA in 4 starts). Paul was released after the 1982 season.
  • Moskau signed with the Chicago Cubs as a free agent in 1983. Paul made eight starts for the Cubs in April and May. Moskau was 3-2 with a 6.75 ERA and was sent to AAA Iowa in early June. Paul struggled in AAA (2-2, 5.93 ERA in 11 starts) and on August 8 he was released.
  • Moskau was selected for the Pima County Sports Hall of Fame in 1998. After his retirement as a player Paul was the General Manager for the AAA Tucson Toros from 1985-1988. He also spent time as an assistant high school baseball coach, has been active on the March of Dimes board of directors, and has hosted celebrity golf tournaments in Tucson, AZ. 
  • Here is a video of Paul sharing his holiday peanut brittle recipe on the iBaseball channel

  • 1978 Stats
    • Cincinnati Reds: 6-4, 1 save, 3.97 ERA in 26 games (25 starts)
    • Indianapolis Indians: 1-1, 3.12 ERA in 4 starts
  • 1978 Highlights:
    • Aug 9  - Allowed four hits in a 10-0 shutout of the Atlanta Braves.
    • Sept 17 - Went the distance and allowed one run (a 9th inning solo HR by Terry Whitfield) on four hits as the Reds beat the San Francisco Giants 7-1.