Dale Alexander was a leading baseball player and hitter of his day. He compiled a robust .331 lifetime major league batting average, but played only five major league seasons. The muscular 6 ft 3 inches, 210 pound first baseman broke in with the Detroit Tigers in 1929 and hit .343, 25 homers with 110 run scored and a whopping 137 RBI as a rookie. He followed that year with a .326 average, 20 homers, 86 runs and 135 RBI.
In today’s era with the designated hitter, Moose Alexander would be a star making a multi-million dollar salary. However, his major league career was short largely because he was a poor fielder.
In 1932, he was batting just .250 in the first 23 games of the season, so the Tigers traded him to the Red Sox for Earl Webb. After the trade, he reverted to his prior batting and hit .367 total for the season in 454 plate appearances. The next season, 1933, he was hitting .281 in 94 games and was sent to the minors. Dale Alexander never returned to the big leagues and played in the minors until 1942. A fans' favorite in a number of cities, including Kansas City, Newark, Nashville, and Chattanooga, because of his ability to hit. Alexander played 1,673 minor league games, and hit 4 homers in a single game for Kansas City of the American Association (AAA).