As he notes, there are a number of oddities here, including the evident fact that “Walter” Moore seems to be called “Lewis” in earlier census records. Dobie Moore had a brother, Pete, who played (presumably semipro) ball in Detroit in the 1930s, but there’s no Pete in the Moore family (could he be Allen, the brother who moved to Detroit?).
Probably the biggest issue is that this Walter Moore died on August 20, 1947. In January, 1948, Dobie Moore, according to the Los Angeles Sentinel, served as a pallbearer at his old teammate George Carr’s funeral in Los Angeles:
(Los Angeles Sentinel, January 29, 1948, p. 11)It’s quite possible that the Sentinel was simply wrong. It’s also possible that the Walter Moore we’ve identified is the wrong person, too. At this point there’s not enough information to say for sure. If I had to bet, though, I would wager that Peter has finally found Dobie’s death date.
Anyway, I’ve ordered a copy of the actual death certificate, so we’ll see if that adds anything to what we know.
(By the way, here’s why all the other birth and death dates that have been given for Moore are almost certainly wrong.)