February 2009 - For many years the baseball fence at Moon Valley has been the topic of many conversation: When was it put up? Why was it put up? Has anyone hit a ball over it? And the list goes on.
Back in the mid 70’s, a young Moon Valley baseball player used those homes as target practice. This young man went on to break many state records, some still stand today.
He was an
· 3 sport athlete here at MV (baseball, basketball and football)
· High School All-American in 1976
· Drafted in the 6th round by the Philadelphia Phillies
· 1978 MVP Carolina League Peninsula Pilots
· Doubled off Charlie Lea for his first MLB hit, First MLB homer against Doug Bair
· Career high in homers with 27 while playing for the Atlanta Braves in 1987
· Played 11 years as MLB catcher from 1980-1990 for the Phillies, Braves and Bluejays
· 2 All-Star appearances (1985 & 1987)
· 1 World Series appearance (1983) for Philly against Baltimore (1 for 2 w/1 RBI)
This young man, who wore the #7 jersey while at Moon Valley, is none other than Ozzie Virgil Jr.
Mr Virgil was honored by the Moon Valley baseball team for the mark he left. Coach Anthony Forelli thanked Mr. Virgil for setting the bar high for other Moon Valley athletes. Forelli reminded the crowd that Mr. Virgil was the first and only player from Moon Valley to ever play for a Major League team. Because of his legacy and the admiration from the team, Mr. Virgil was presented with an autographed baseball from the current team. In addition, his #7 jersey was retired and is framed out by the very fence that was put up to protect the houses from flying baseballs.
Mr Virgil, you are the first and only player from Moon Valley to ever play for a Major League team. And, because of the incredible legacy that you have left for all these players, and fans to remember, we say thank you.
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