All-Time Indians: Guy Morton

 

Name: Guy Morton Sr.     Position: Starting Pitcher      
Nick Name: Alabama Blossom                  
Tribe Time: 1914-1924           DOB: 06/01/1893      
Stats W L W% ERA G GS CG SHO IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP K/9 BAA
Best Season (1915) 16 15 0.516 2.14 34 27 15 6 240.0 189 75 57 5 60 134 1.04 5.0 .208
Career 98 86 0.533 3.13 317 185 82 19 1,629.2 1,520 747 567 27 583 830 1.29 4.6 .237

Guy Morton was incredibly consistent from 1915 through 1919, posting an ERA below 2.90 with at least 140 innings each season. During this peak he went 61-48, a considerable higher winning percentage (.560) than the rest of his career (.493). In just his second season he hit peaks in ERA, innings pitched, WHIP and BAA that he would never reach again.

In 1920, when the rest of the team was hitting it's peak, Morton fell off a cliff. His ERA skyrocketed to above four and he was replaced in the rotation by Duster Mails for the end of the regular season and the World Series. The move was a great one as Mails was the star of the series, throwing 15.2 innings in two games without allowing a single run and just six hits. It must have been a huge disappointment to Morton, however, who worked so long to get to the highest point, only to be replaced at the last minute.

Unlike many early Indians players who were traded to finish their career with another team, Morton played his entire career in Cleveland. He finished up in 1924, throwing just 12 innings as he obviously didn't have it anymore. After ten years of retirement, Morton died at the age of 41.

Joseph Coblitz

About Joseph Coblitz

Joseph is the primary writer and editor of BurningRiverBaseball.com and has been since it's inception in 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Akron and currently resides in Goodyear, Arizona the Spring Training home of the Cleveland Indians.

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