About Wally Moon:
After Retirement
The Dodger's 1965 World Series victory over the Minnesota Twins brought Wally to another turning point in his life. After a distinguished 12 year big league career, it was time to turn his attention to raising his five children and pursuing other career goals. In the small northwest town of Siloam Springs in his native Arkansas, Wally found the right place to raise kids and to continue his love affair with baseball.

Wally spent the next dozen years as Athletic Director and Baseball Coach at John Brown University, a small, non-denominational Christian university whose motto of "Head-Heart-Hand" and emphasis on education, faith, and work were also the guiding principles of the Moon family.

In the fall of 1976, Wally purchased the San Antonio franchise in the AA Texas League. Son, Wally Joe, moved to San Antonio to head the family operation and Wally, Bettye, and the two girls still at home moved down a year later. After four years of minor league baseball operation, Wally sold the franchise and moved into private real estate development eventually opting to re-locate to College Station, Texas, home of his alma mater of Texas A&M.

In 1986, baseball's siren call sounded once again for Wally as he returned to organized baseball as a special coach with the AAA Springfield Cardinals, then on to the Yankees organization as a minor league manager, and finally to the Baltimore Orioles where he served both as a minor league manager and as a special hitting instructor. Bettye retired from public school teaching in 1993 and joined Wally on the road as they travelled up and down the eastern seaboard while Wally worked with young players on the nuances of hitting a baseball.

Then, in 1996, after nearly 50 years of traveling in professional and collegiate baseball, Wally and Bettye settled once and for all back in the Bryan-College Station area, where you'll find them today, near family and the many friends they'd made in a life devoted to baseball. It was a long way from Craighead County, Arkansas, but Wally Moon was finally "home" for good.

Looking Back
early life
´54 rookie of the year
championship catalyst
after retirement
wally today