It was announced on Sunday that Jack Morris had been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the Modern Baseball Era Committee. Morris, who had 254 career wins in an 18-season career, received 14 votes from the 16 member committee that consisted of Hall Of Fame members, Major league executives and veteran historians.
Morris, who was elected along with his fellow Detroit Tigers teammate, Alan Trammelll, is best remembered by Minnesota Twins fans for pitching a ten inning, complete game 1-0 shutout in game seven to win the 1991 World Series over the Atlanta Braves.
Morris had a career ERA of 3.90 and struck out over 200 batters in a season three times. He had three seasons in which he won 20 games or more and was the winningest pitcher in the 1980’s with 162 wins. He contributed to four World Series winning teams.
Morris, who grew up in St. Paul, will join Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and Dave Winfield, who also hail from St. Paul. Both Morris and Trammmell will be inducted along with those that win the vote from the Baseball Writers Association of America on July 29, 2018.
While Morris’s career stats may not be as impressive as other Hall of Fame pitchers, he was a major contributor to the success of the teams he played for. Not many pitchers can say that they had pitched a 1-0, ten inning shutout — hardly any pitcher can say they pitched said shutout in Game 7 of the World Series.
If Morris’s career stats can’t convince you that he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, the fact he pitched well in his crucial games should convince you that this legend deserves to be immortalized among baseball’s greatest.