All-Time Indians: Ed Morgan

 

Name: Edward Carre Morgan     Position: First Base        
                Number: 33          
Tribe Time: 1928-1933           DOB: 05/22/1904        
Stats G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB BB SO SB CS SB% OBP SLG AVG OPS ISOP
Best Season (1930) 150 584 122 204 47 11 26 136 351 62 66 8 4 67% .413 .601 .349 1.014 .252
Career 633 2282 417 738 158 41 49 394 1125 304 206 29 24 55% .398 .493 .323 .891 .170

Ed Morgan was one of the greatest first basemen in Indians history, despite playing just six seasons with Cleveland. He started in 1928, taking the place of former MVP George Burns. In 1929 the rest of the offense came together as Morgan joined with Joe Sewell, Earl Averill and Charlie Jamieson to form the best offense to this point in Indians history. The next year, Morgan put together one of the top ten offensive seasons in Indians history, knocking in a then record 136 RBI. The next season that record went away as Averill knocked in 143, then again in 1936 when Morgan's replacement, Hal Trosky, knocked in 162, a record that would stand for 33 years. 

After a poor showing in 39 games in 1933 the Indians gave up on Morgan and the Red Sox picked him up in the rule five draft. The next year saw a slight resurgance by Morgan, knocking in 79 runs for Boston, but for the second year in a row he batted below .270 after hitting above .310 for his first four seasons. He retired after just seven total seasons at the age of 30.

Morgan never received any accolades during his time in baseball and didn't play long enough to be involved in Hall of Fame talks, but he certainly left his mark on the Indians ranking among the top ten Indians in both career OBP and batting average. Ed Morgan died in 1980.

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