Edmondo Moxey’s special contributions to sports-Part II
Edmond Edward Moxey was a diver, in my view, the nation’s best ever.
He played baseball professionally for nine years, more than any other Bahamian with the exception of Andre Rodgers and Tony Curry.
Moxey has been one of the country’s finest swimming instructors for several generations now. His credentials easily merit National Hall of Fame status. There is absolutely no doubt about that. Whether acknowledged or not, he stands always on a foundation of tremendous accomplishments.
In 1961 at the age of 18, (in April, not quite 19) he began a sparkling career in the minor leagues. He left his mark on more cities that any other Bahamian who never quite got to the major leagues.
They knew “Mondo” as he was called within his professional baseball family, all over the United States. In cities, named Quincy, Fresno, Modesto, Durham, San Antonio, Salisbury, Amarillo, Knoxville, Columbus, High-Point Thomasville and in Reynosa, Mexico, he was known and no doubt is still remembered by some old-timers.
For nine seasons (in several cases playing with two different teams in one year), he averaged .293, at the plate. He had a stint of 120 games in 1962 with two teams, the Modesto and Durham Colts(later Astros). At Modesto in 1962, in 93 games, Moxey had 15 homers, drove in 66 runs, connected for 104 hits and had his first .300 statistic. He batted .301 at Modesto.
In 1964, at Quincy, he played in 96 games, went to bat 406 times, slugged 13 homers, with 56 RBIs and batted .362. At Salisbury in 1965, he had a career-high 25 home-runs, and batted .345. Moxey ended up with 114 homers and 233 runs batted in.
Before his professional days began, he learned his craft playing in the Junior League at Clifford Park with Lil Abners and the Hustlers, alongside the likes of Hesketh Strachan, Harry Miller, Frankie Sweeting, Charles Carter, Colin Moxey and Eric Duncombe. He advanced to the senior circuit and became one of the bright lights of the excellent Penny Bankers/I-Need-A-Laundry/Paradise Island/Spotless Cleaners franchise.
When he retired, he returned home and continued to grace the area behind plate for quite a few more years with his presence. I think of Moxey, Frankie Sands and Sidney Outten as the three best catchers in Bahamian baseball history. Moxey, no doubt has National Hall of Fame qualifications from baseball alone.
In his case though, to go with the diving and baseball exploits, Moxey’s guidance in swimming has few equals, and, no one has done more for the development of swimming among young boys and girls in the inner city than Moxey.
Back in the 1980s, he began a program with the underprivileged at C.H. Reeves School. He expanded his program though the years and became the mainstay instructor at the South Beach Pool. He is still very active today and appears fit and ready to go on for years to come, teaching swimming and life skills to his young charges.
Continued best wishes Edmondo!
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