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John Henry Moss, 89; Played in Senators System/President of WCL/SAL for Fifty Years

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  • Bill Schenley
    Moss, Longtime SAL President, Dies Obit: http://snurl.com/lao4k Photo: http://snurl.com/laow6 FROM: The Ashville Citizen-Times ~ By Staff Reports John Henry
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      Moss, Longtime SAL President, Dies

      Obit: http://snurl.com/lao4k

      Photo: http://snurl.com/laow6

      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
      be 89.

      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
      pleasing."

      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.

      MiLB Stats:
      http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=moss--001joh
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