Mike Moss Athlete Profile

#11 Mike Moss

Mike Moss
Position: Catcher Height: 5-11 Weight: 165 Roster Years: 1973-1976 Hometown: Honolulu, HI Hall of Fame: 1988 Last School: Punahou High School

  • 1988 Baseball




All-America

  • 1975 ABCA Third Team

1988 Hall of Fame Inductee

For over twenty years BYU has had a succession of baseball players from Hawaii, but few have surpassed catcher Mike Moss.

The 5'11" Moss from Honolulu was born lucky on New Year's Day in 1954, continued that luck for the Cougars from 1973-76, and was selected as an All-American by the college baseball coaches as a junior.

That year he batted .390 (.600 in league play), allowed fewer than thirty-two opponents to steal and made a clean sweep of other awards. He was All-District Seven, All-Western Athletic Conference and Academic All-WAC.

The three-time All-WAC performer was chosen to play for the U.S. Baseball Federation Team, which played in the Pan American Games. The four-year starter was a two-time Academic All-WAC choice and was selected by the Downtown Coaches as the Outstanding Baseball Player of 1975.

Another illustration of Mike's ability is his four years of fielding about .978.

Before coming to BYU, Mike was voted Most Inspirational Player at Punahou High School, where he caught a perfect game in the 1972 Hawaii State Championships.

Moss had a calm, soothing effect on the Cougars as he led them to WAC Northern Division titles every year he played. The senior co-captain's final season was not as spectacular as the previous year because of an arm injury.

"Mike had the best technique of any catcher I've coached," said Glen Tuckett, his BYU baseball coach. Pal (Eldredge) taught him well and he refined those skills here.

"He managed the ball game well. I've coached hundreds of good players, but Mike is one of a dozen who really understood the game. He was never out of place and always a gentlemen."

Personal

  • Born on New Year's Day in Honolulu

Career Highlights

  • Selected as an All-American by the college baseball coaches his junior year
  • Hit .390 his junior year while also allowing fewer than thirty-two opponents to steal
  • Three-time All-WAC performer
  • Two-time Academic All-WAC
  • Selected by the Downtown Coaches as the Outstanding Baseball Player of 1975
  • Led the Cougars to WAC Northern Division titles every year he played

Before BYU

  • Prepped at Punahou High where he was voted the Most Insirational Player in 1972
  • Played for the 1972 Hawaii State Championship Baseball team with an undefeated season, catching a perfect game in the final game
  • Earned a total of six letters in baseball, basketball and football
  • Coached by Pal Eldredge, former BYU catcher

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1988

Stats

Year    Avg.   G   AB    R    H   2B   3B   HR   RBI    TB   BB   SO  SB
1973   .234   32   94   15   22    2    0    3    17    33   11   21  0
1974   .244   24   78   16   19    1    1    0     7    22    6    4  0
1975   .390   23   77   18   30    8    0    2    16    44   10   10  2
1976   .271   35  118   20   32    7    0    3    24    48   23   13  8


1973 | Freshman Year

  • All-Western Athletic Conference

1975 | Junior Year

  • All-American and All-District
  • All-Western Athletic Conference
  • Academic All-WAC
  • Selected to the 1975 USA Collegiate Baseball All Star Team and played in the Pan American Games
  • Selected as the Outstanding Baseball Player by the Provo Downtown Coaches
  • Batted .600 in league games

1976 | Senior Year

  • All-Western Athletic Conference
  • Academic All-WAC
  • Received the Duane Fitzpatrick Award
  • Team co-captain
  • An arm injury limited his playing time