Squire Moore, also known as Square Moore,1 born July 6th, 1899 in Little Rock, AR,2 3 4 was a Negro baseball player from about 1922-1933.
Moore was the son of Square Moore Sr. and Dora (nee Thornton) Moore.5 He grew up in Little Rock, AR.
Moore was a heavyset pitcher who's early professional career was played with teams based in the southern U.S., including the New Orleans Caulfield Ads and Nashville Elite Giants in the 1922 Negro Southern Legue.6 From 1923-1925, he was a mainstay with the Memphis Red Sox of the Negro National League. He also appeared with the Birmingham Black Barons late in the 1923 and 1925 seasons,7 8 as well as with the Hot Springs Giants in the 1925 preseason.9 Pitching in Cuba during the 1924-1925 winter season, Moore went 2-3 in 8 games for Santa Clara.10
After the 1925 season, the Memphis Red Sox were dropped from the Negro National League and the team's players were scattered across the league. As a result, Moore signed with the Cleveland Elites, an upstart team in the NNL that proved unsuccessful and folded in July.11 Moore then shifted around the beginning of August to Pete Hill's Colored All-Stars, an independent team based in Buffalo, NY.12 Moore returned to Cleveland to play the 1927 NNL season with the Cleveland Hornets and the 1928 NNL season with the Cleveland Tigers. After Moore was released by the Tigers in June,13 he joined the independent Buffalo Colored Black Sox14 and Buffalo Colored Grays.15 Moore continued to play with various Buffalo-based teams for several more years, including the Buffalo Colored Cubs in 1929,16 the New York Central Red Caps in 1930,17 and the Buffalo Colored Bison in 1933.18
Moore lived most of his later life in Buffalo, NY. He died in Buffalo on June 27th, 1960.19 20
Statistics at Baseball-Reference.com.
Statistics at the Seamheads Negro League Database.
1 Moore's given name was recorded as both "Squire" and "Square" during his life.
2 Squire Moore's WWII draft card. (Accessed at Fold3.com).
3 Passenger list for the S.S. Miami, December 5th, 1924, sailing from Havana, Cuba to Key West, FL, lists "Square Moore", a resident of Memphis, TN, born July 22nd, 1900 in Little Rock, AR. Moore had played for Santa Clara in the Cuban Winter League in 1924 and pitched for the Memphis Red Sox in 1924 and 1925.
4 Moore's WWII draft card lists his birth year as 1900. However, since Moore was listed a 10-month old born in July 1899 in the 1900 U.S. Census, it seems most likely that he was born in 1899.
5 Square Moore in household of Square Moore, "United States Census, 1900"; Squire Moore in household of Dora Moore, "United States Census, 1910"; Squire Moore in household of Willie Head, "United States Census, 1920"
10 Baseball with a Latin Beat: A History of the Latin American Game, By Peter C. Bjarkman, 2010, p.188.