Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Batter Down! 

Writer chronicles his ballplayer dad's descent.

Gary Moore reveals the lifelong secret of his dad, a teenage baseball phenom, in Playing With the Enemy. The book recaps Gene Moore’s career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the early ’40s. After enlisting in the U.S. Navy, Gene shattered his ankle bone, causing permanent damage. The accident happened not on a World War II battlefield, but during a game with German POWs in a Louisiana prison camp. He moved to Illinois “to work on a career as an alcoholic -- and doing a good job of it,” says Gary, whose father refused to talk about the accident until the night before he died in 1983. “He looked in the mirror and saw a failed ballplayer. He felt he let everybody down.”

The tragic tale is keeping the Moore family employed. Gary’s son Toby -- an actor who’s had roles on CSI: Miami and Law & Order: SVU -- is slated to play Gene in the movie version of Playing With the Enemy. “I find it eerie just talking about it,” says Gary. “While I was writing the book, I had conversations with my father in my head. It’s like he was alive all over again.”
Thu., May 24, 7 p.m.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Speaking of Highlights

More by Cris Glaser

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 26, 2022

View more issues

Most Popular

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation