Bell, Moseby and Barfield ... now that was an outfield

 George Bell, left, Lloyd Moseby, centre and Jesse Barfield, who earned the tab as the Best Young Outfield in Baseball.

George Bell, left, Lloyd Moseby, centre and Jesse Barfield, who earned the tab as the Best Young Outfield in Baseball.


By Bob Elliott

Thirteen days after the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox to win the 1959 World Series George Bell was born Oct. 21, in San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic.

Eight days later Jesse Barfield entered the world in Joliet, Ill.

And six days after that Lloyd Moseby was born on Nov. 5 in Portland, Ark. 

The three 1959 babes grew up to be the best Young Outfield in the game and roaming Exhibition Stadium from 1981 until it closed.

They made their debut as a unit in a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Chicago White Sox on Sept. 3, 1981 at Comiskey Park. 

Bell had two hits in his 46th game as a Jay, while Moseby, in his 74th, and Barfield in his debut both singled and knocked in a run. 

Moseby played 1,588 games from 1980-89, Bell 1,181 from 1983-90 and Barfield 1,032 from 1981-89. All three were in the same lineup for 590 regular season games between 1980 and 1990 (336-254 record) according to Elias Sports Bureau.

The outfielders will sign autographs at the Rogers Centre before Sunday’s game and Monday at the Eaton Centre.

“You couldn’t tell if Lloyd was either 0-for-12 or 4-for-4, he was always so upbeat and George could hit,” said Barfield. “People don’t realize we Stieb and I played in the same outfield (at class-A Dunedin, 1978). He made the right choice pitching. He was a great pitcher.” 

Moseby said the Best Young Outfield tag earned the trio teasing from Oakland A’s future Hall of Famer Rickey Henderson.

“Jesse had a great arm, I ran down balls, George gave us timely hitting,” said Moseby. “The memorable things about George was him missing a ball, but he was a good left fielder.

Tom Henke always called Bell the “best teammate he ever had.”