A 1912 advertisement for Castelberg’s Jewelry Company in Washington D.C., featuring Senators right fielder Danny Moeller:
Star of the Diamond
Wins the Diamond Pin
On May 1, the jewelry store announced a contest in The Washington Times:
“Beginning today the sluggers begin their battle for the handsome ruby-diamond stick pin offered by the Castelberg Jewelry Company to the batsman of the local outfit who leads with the willow for the month of May…to win the prize a player must participate in at least eight games.”
Throughout the month, the paper kept readers informed with updates of the standings.
Moeller and third baseman Eddie Foster led most of the way. Moeller, who hit .276 for the season, his .414 during May to win the contest. Foster was second at .380–he hit .285 for the year. Clyde Milan (.320), Clarence “Tillie” Walker (.300), and Eddie Ainsmith (.282) followed.
“Danny Moeller, the classy outfielder of our classy team wins by batting the ball for a mark above .400
“The pin received as a prize by Moeller is a beauty and worthy of his excellent work.”
Moeller’s best season was in 1912. He hit just .243 over seven big league seasons but was a fan favorite for his toughness.
The Times gave readers an example of his toughness during a game with the Philadelphia Athletics two years later in May of 1914:
“In sliding into second base in the fourth Moeller dislocated his left shoulder and it looked as though he might be out for some time.
“The player walked to the bench with the fin hanging limp and asked (trainer) Mike Martin to help him out. Martin took one yank, the affected member popped back to its proper place, and Moeller sprinted back onto the field and onto second base. It was an evidence of the gameness of which those who know Moeller realize.”