He was 0-0 with an ERA of 4.80 and 13 strikeouts towards the end of his major league career. Morris has written an autobiography titled The Oldest Rookie. He is frequently seen as a motivational speaker. Morris's second novel, Dream Makers, will be released in 2020. It is about his life in the twenty years since he left Major League Baseball.
Morris was born on January 4th, 1969 in San Jose, California. He grew up in Cupertino, California and played baseball for De Anza Force High School and Stanford University. In 1989, his freshman year at Stanford, Morris led the NCAA in wins with 16 while tying for first in losses with 3. He finished with a 35-3 record and 1.85 earned run average (ERA). After his freshman season, the New York Yankees selected Morris with their first pick (number four overall) in the 1988 MLB Draft. He signed with the Yankees immediately after the draft concluded.
In 1992, at the age of 22, Morris made his debut with the Yankees during that season's opening series against the Toronto Blue Jays. He went 2-0 with a 3.06 ERA over eight games (all starts), finishing fourth in MVP voting that year. His best performance came on May 27th when he pitched a five-hit shutout against the Oakland Athletics. The Yankees lost 1-0 but Morris received three votes for the American League (AL) MVP Award.
Morris had 16 big league appearances in 2000, during which time his arm issues flared up again.
He continues to play part-time for the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League and is currently their manager. He also works with several youth leagues in New Jersey as a coach.
In addition, Morris has been very active in promoting baseball literacy by writing two books about the sport: This Is My Story and It's Not Over Yet. He has also done some television work including an episode of ESPN's 30 For 30 series called "The Wrong Man", which focused on the case of Dave Winfield against the backdrop of Major League Baseball's 1994 strike.
Morris was born in Newark, New Jersey on January 4th, 1964. He graduated from Montclair High School in 1982 and then attended Rutgers University, where he played college baseball for the Scarlet Knights. In 1986, his senior year, Morris led the team to its first undefeated regular season ever. That summer, he played in both the College World Series and the Summer Olympics as part of the United States national baseball team. After graduating in 1988, he went straight into the major leagues, joining the New York Mets as their third baseman.
Morris joined with the Chicago White Sox organization in 1989 after sitting out the whole 1988 season. Arm ailments and ineffectiveness limited him to only two games, and he was once again unable to advance beyond the single-A levels before being discharged.
He returned to pro ball in 1991 with the San Diego Padres organization, finishing with a.264 average over 1,035 at bats for four different teams. The White Sox re-signed Morris as a free agent prior to the 1992 season but he never played another game for the team due to continuing arm problems. He finished his career with a.273 average over 1,143 games played.
In between stints with the White Sox and other organizations, Morris also spent time with the New York Yankees and California Angels organizations. The Orioles acquired Morris from the White Sox during the 1993 season in exchange for Mike Phillips. He played one final season with Baltimore in 1995 before retiring after ten seasons in the majors.
Here's a list of all the teams that Morris has played for:
Chicago White Sox (1989-1991) - Four Seasons Minor League Baseball (1957-1992)
San Diego Padres (1991) - Four Seasons Minor League Baseball (1957-1992)
In the early years of his baseball career, Jim Morris did not have much success. His first amateur baseball draft pick (by the New York Yankees) was 466th overall in 1982, which upset him so much that he did not even attend.
Morris was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by the Milwaukee Brewers. Morris was named the Southern League's Most Valuable Player in 2012 after hitting.303/.357/.563 with 28 home runs and 113 RBI. As the Brewers' Minor League Player of the Year, he also received the Robin Yount Performance Award.
Dale Morris's illustrious career as a Western Bulldogs player has come to an end. After 15 years at the top, the 36-year-old premiership player and All-Australian has decided to call it quits after 253 games. In that time, he has won two Brownlow Medals, four Best & Fairest awards and will be remembered as one of the greatest forwards in club history.
Morris started out his football career with the East Perth Eagles before moving to Victoria University where he earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education. It was at university that he became acquainted with David Giffin, who would go on to become his coach at the Western Bulldogs. In 2001, after just three seasons at the Bulldogs, he joined the new expansion team, the Brisbane Lions, as one of their first players. He stayed at the Lions for seven seasons, playing a major role in their emergence as a force in the competition before announcing his retirement at the end of 2008.
During his time at the Lions, Morris won two best and fairests medals and made the All-Australian team twice. He finished his career having played 253 games and scoring 70 goals.
After retiring, Morris took up a coaching position with the Bulldog's VFL Women's side and was also appointed an assistant coach of the Australian Football League (AFL) team.
Johnson, 20, began three straight games, Sept. 4, 5, and 7, and shut out the New York Yankees in each of those games, allowing six, four, and two hits, respectively-truly one of the most extraordinary pitching performances of any generation. In fact, no modern pitcher has ever matched or even approached it. The Washington Senators/Kansas City Athletics player/manager Johnny O'Connor is credited with starting a trend when he told the press, "There's nothing special about my curveball. Just keep watching it disappear." The public responded by making "O'Connor's Curve" a fan favorite right up until the day that Johnson beat him with a complete-game victory. The pitch was so effective that fans would come to see it thrown by Walter Johnson (its owner) rather than George Davis (the A's owner) - who had been giving it away free with newspapers.
Born on Jan. 19, 1887, in Parkersburg, WV, Johnson grew up in an orphanage after his parents were killed by a train when he was only 10 years old. He made his professional baseball debut at the age of 16 with the Charleston Ponies of the South Atlantic League. Over the next few seasons, he would play for several more teams in various parts of the country, including the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association.