The Obit For John Moss

Moss, longtime SAL president, dies

The Ashville Citizen-Times July 1, 2009
By Staff Reports

John Henry Moss, who served as president of the South Atlantic League for 50 years before retiring in 2007, died on Wednesday. He was believed to be 89.

Moss had been living in Kings Mountain, where he also served as mayor for 24 years. His tenure as the SAL president is believed to be the longest of any executive in baseball.

He formed what is now the South Atlantic League in 1958. It was known as the Western Carolina League in the beginning.

"Like anything else, running in a race or climbing a hill, there are times that require extra dedication," Moss said in 2007. "That's what made my life so pleasing."

A good fielding but light-hitting second baseman, Moss spent most of the 1930s in the Washington Senator's minor league system.

During World War II he served as Gen. Ira Wyche's bodyguard.

When the war ended Moss returned to Kings
Mountain and began running baseball teams. He spent time as general manager of the Detroit Tigers' farm system before returning to North Carolina and starting the Western Carolina League.

Funeral arrangements are pending.