John Henry Moss, 89; Played in Senators System/President of WCL/SAL for Fifty Years
- Moss, Longtime SAL President, Dies
FROM: The Ashville Citizen-Times ~
By Staff Reports
John Henry Moss, who served as president of the
South Atlantic League for 50 years before retiring
in 2007, died on Wednesday. He was believed to
Moss had been living in Kings Mountain, where he
also served as mayor for 24 years. His tenure as the
SAL president is believed to be the longest of any
executive in baseball.
He formed what is now the South Atlantic League in
1958. It was known as the Western Carolina League
in the beginning.
"Like anything else, running in a race or climbing
a hill, there are times that require extra dedication,"
Moss said in 2007. "That's what made my life so
A good fielding but light-hitting second baseman,
Moss spent most of the 1930s in the Washington
Senator's minor league system. During World War II
he served as Gen. Ira Wyche's bodyguard.
When the war ended Moss returned to Kings
Mountain and began running baseball teams. He spent
time as general manager of the Detroit Tigers' farm
system before returning to North Carolina and starting
the Western Carolina League.
Funeral arrangements are pending.