Moreno made his first appearance with the Pirates in September 1975, and became the team’s starting center fielder in 1977. He had great speed and led the National League in stolen bases in 1978 and 1979. In 1980, he set the Pirates’ single-season record for stolen bases with 96. Although he had no stolen bases in the 1979 World Series, he hit .333 in the leadoff spot during the Series.
Moreno played every game of the 1979 and 1980 seasons and led the National League in at bats both years.
His 96 stolen bases in 1980 are the most by any player not to lead the majors in steals on the season. Ron LeFlore edged him out by stealing 97 bases. Moreno set a not-so-impressive record that year by making an out 560 times, a major-league record.
After the 1982 season, Moreno signed as a free agent with the Houston Astros. He was traded midway through that year to the New York Yankees, for whom he played until they released him in August 1985. He signed with the Kansas City Royals for the last month of the 1985 season, and finished his career with the Atlanta Braves in 1986.
Smallthoughts: Old School Tuesday spotlights …Omar Moreno
|September 6, 1975, for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 5, 1986, for the Atlanta Braves|
|Runs batted in||386|
|Career highlights and awards|