Congratulations to Jack Morris for being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame!
Morris represents the first BYU Baseball alumni to be honored with a Hall of Fame selection.
BYU Baseball Alum Jack Morris elected to MLB Baseball of Fame. The cherry on top of an illustrious baseball career. Congrats Jack! https://t.co/IvlzXrxnhV— Tom Holmoe (@TomHolmoe) December 11, 2017
Morris had not honed in his pitching arm during is time at BYU, but did have his trademark competitiveness while he was a Cougar. Morris played two seasons at the Y. In 1975, Jack had a 5.08 ERA with a 6-3 record, 58 Ks and 51 walks. In 1976, Morris had a 4.72 ERA with a 4-6 record, 48 strikeouts, and 5 walks. Morris' time in Provo saw him be honored twice with All-Conference distinction.
He would be selected in the 5th round by the Detroit Tigers. In the majors, Morris had several career highlights — including four seasons where he played in the World Series.
Behind Don Larsen's perfect game, Jack Morris' game 7 performance for the Minnesota Twins in the 1991 World Series is the best pitching performance the Fall Classic has ever seen. The 36-year-old Morris tossed 10 innings, 126 pitches, striking out 8, walking 2, and giving up 7 hits on his way to a complete game shutout. Morris also won game 1 in that series and was named the World Series MVP.
In 1984, Morris was the Detroit Tigers Game 1 and Game 4 starter. He went 2-0 pitching a 2-run complete game in each outing as the Tigers won the World Series. Jack again won a World Series in 1992 with the Toronto Blue Jays where he was the Game 1 starter. Morris was rostered again on the 1993 World Series Champion Blue Jays team.
Morris led the majors in wins twice, and was the American League strikeout king once. He also tossed a no-hitter during his career. He recorded more victories in the 80s than any other pitcher with 162 wins.
A monumental milestone in the BYU Baseball program has been reached. One of the Bat Cats has made it to Cooperstown!