The Moody Blues MLB Nine

Aloysius "Pop" Joy, 1B Washington Nationals Union Association, 1884

Aloysius “Pop” Joy, 1B
Washington Nationals
Union Association, 1884


Our Moody Blues Catcher, Pop Joy

There was “no joy in Mudville” because Aloysius “Pop” Joy only played one season of 19th century major league base ball – and, according to The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, even that attainment was limited to the 36 games he played for the 1884 Washington Nationals of the short-lived Union Association. “Pop” had 38 hits in 130 times at bat for a batting average of .215. According to Baseball, all of Joy’s 28 hits were also singles.


We found one grainy photo of Pop Joy on the Internet, and, unless this copy was cropped from his 19th century same-sex wedding day picture, it must have been taken from his club’s team picture. We are betting on the latter – and even narrowing that guess to the strong probability the club he represented here was his one and only Washington Nationals of 1884.

Pop Ivy: A Jack Nicholson Ancestor – or Soul-Precedent Lifetime?

In the photo, Pop Joy closely resembles a young Jack Nicholson, as he appeared in both “One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” and the horror classic, “The Shining.” For those who are familiar with the latter film, it makes one wonder if Pop Joy spent all that bench time he had with the Nationals redundantly writing this line in a little pencil notebook tablet that he probably carried in a hip pocket.  The line we had in mind was: “All work and no play makes Jack (Pop) a dull boy.”

Maybe actor Jack Nicholson is the reincarnation of Pop Joy. Who knows? All we know is that Pop Joy is our poster boy for our MLB lineup of nine former players whose names cleverly suggest that they could fit in well with a team comprised of only those former big leaguers who suffered from bi-polar mood disorders.

We’re calling the nine here our Moody Blues club. It was just something I had fun doing while I watched the Astros on Roots this Saturday night – and the baseball watching for Astros fans wasn’t too much fun. Neither were those three late innings in which the Astros each time left a tie or a lead dead on the bases by their totally absent clutch hitting. We’ve been wasting time with how well or poorly Carlos Gomez speaks English and the issue of how he handles “asleep at the wheel” reporters who quote him literally. That fact is, Brian T. Smith was dead-on right in his subject matter. – Carlos Gomez is a major disappointment to those who acquired him, thinking he could still hit. For the rest of us, Gomez is just a guy with an attitude who can’t hit when it really counts, as was proven again tonight.

As Tommy Lasorda used to say, Gomez couldn’t hit water if he fell out of a boat when it comes to hitting with runners in scoring position – and Preston Tucker is missing the chance of his career with those ball-free bat swings. With Gattis out of town “to practice catching in Corpus”, Tucker had the door open to show that he belongs in the lineup as the DH. Instead, he used his first Gattis-free game going the Jon Singleton route.

Please, Manager Hinch, if you have to play Gomez and Tucker in the same game, try to figure out a way to not bat them back-to-back.  As for that stunt that Gomez pulled to get kicked out at the expense of the team’s chances for winning late in the game, all I can add is – this was a fitting, if not a good night to work on a Moody Blues MLB All Star Nine. – Remember this spoken philosophical Moody Blues entry to “Morning Begins” in their great album, “Days of Future Past”?

With prior and post apologies, here’s a parody of that beautiful piece of original work. The contamination here was inspired by the Mariners’ 3-2  win in ten.

Cold-hearted orb that rules the night
Removes the colours from our sight
Red's now orange, as we struggle to fight
But time will decide - which is right
And which is an illusion

Pinprick jinx holes - in a mag called "SI"
Let ineptly swinging bats - and opportunity pass by
The mighty plight of forty thousand fans
Challenges attendance - and spawns empty stands
Night games for losers - are a brief interlude
In the end - all they offer - are rare solitude

Brave Helios, wake up your steeds
Bring the warmth the Astros club needs

~ with sincere post-apologies to the original Moody Blues

.... and here's the club that started in tonight's first inning 
as a much simpler column idea:

The MLB Moody Blues Club Nine

Pitcher – Ellis Kinder (1946-57)

Catcher – Dad Meek (1889-90)

1st Base – Pop Joy (1884)

2nd Base – Andy High (1922-34)

3rd Base – Fletcher Low (1915)

Shortstop – Tony Suck (1883-84)

Left Field – Aubrey Huff (2000-12)

Center Field – Ben Grieve (1997-2005)

Right Field – Art Rebel (1938, 1945)




…. and we’re not addressing this cheerful loving message to the mothers who failed the Astros in the clutch last night! 



Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas


5 Responses to “The Moody Blues MLB Nine”

  1. Rick B. Says:

    And coming off the bench to ponch-hit:

    Razor Shines (1983-85, 1987)

    One of the all-time great names in baseball.

  2. Larry Dierker Says:

    Vida Blue might make it.

  3. Tom Hunter Says:

    Pardon the spelling, but Johnny Sain.

  4. Cliff Blau Says:

    How about Happy Felsch in CF, and Sad Sam Jones pitching? And coming out of the pen, The Mad Hungarian, Al Hrabosky?

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