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Les Moss and Jim McDonald, former Browns players, pass away

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  • Les Moss and Jim McDonald, former Browns players, pass away

    These two players are connected in a way, as well...they were traded for each other.

    MOSS, JOHN "LES", 87, passed away after a long illness with Yana Amarii and Charleen Schliep by his side in Longwood, FL, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012.

    He was an accomplished Major League Baseball player, manager, coach, and scout for over 54 years starting with the Cleveland Browns and ending with the San Francisco Giants. Les loved nothing more than baseball and his family both of whom will miss him greatly.
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    There is no obituary available for Jim McDonald, as he died way back in 2004 - though his death was reported just recently.

    McDonald spent nine years in the big leagues, going 24-27 with a 4.27 ERA. He began his career in 1950 with the Red Sox, appearing in a handful of games with the club before being traded to the Browns as the player to be named later in a deal that netted the Red Sox catcher Les Moss. After going 4-7 for St. Louis, McDonald was traded to the Yankees in November 1951 (for Clint Courtney), finding his stride.

    Over the next three seasons, McDonald went 16-12 with a 3.57 ERA, allowing just 253 hits in 270 innings. He posted an .800 winning percentage and a 3.17 ERA for the club in 1954. In November of that year, he was involved in a giant deal that included, among others: Gus Triandos, Gene Woodling, Don Larsen and Bob Turley. He pitched one year for his new club, the Orioles.

    From 1956 to 1958, he wrapped up his career by pitching sparingly for the Chicago White Sox.

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