Carl Morton

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Carl Morton
Pitcher
Born: (1944-01-18)January 18, 1944
Kansas City, Missouri
Died: April 12, 1983(1983-04-12) (aged 39)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 11, 1969 for the Montreal Expos
Last MLB appearance
August 21, 1976 for the Atlanta Braves
Career statistics
Win–Loss record 87–92
Earned run average 3.73
Strikeouts 650
Teams
Career highlights and awards

Carl Morton (January 18, 1944 – April 12, 1983) was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Montreal Expos (1969–72) and Atlanta Braves (1973–76). He threw (and batted) right-handed. In an eight-season professional career, Morton posted an 87–92 record with 650 strikeouts and a 3.73 ERA in 1648.2 innings.

Early years[edit]

Carl Wendle Morton, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, grew up in West Tulsa, where he played baseball on the same Webster High School team as future major-leaguer Rich Calmus.[citation needed] Morton went on to play outfield for the University of Oklahoma.

Baseball career[edit]

Morton started his pro career as an outfielder in the Atlanta Braves organization and later converted to a pitcher. He was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 1968 expansion draft.

In 1970, Morton compiled an 18–11 record for the last-place Expos and was the National League Rookie of the Year, chosen over Bernie Carbo, Larry Bowa and César Cedeño. That same year he also received the Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award, becoming the first Montreal player to receive the honors. He also pitched 10 complete games, including four shutouts, and compiled a 3.60 ERA.

But Morton was never able to recapture the same success for the rest of his stint in Montreal. Plagued by low run support, he went 10–18 in 1971 and slipped to 7–13 in 1972. Then he was shipped back to the Braves before the 1973 season.

Morton on the mound in Busch Stadium, pitching for the Braves and watching Lou Brock of the Cardinals steal second base in the first inning of a 1975 game.

In Atlanta, Morton strung together three consecutive 15+ win seasons for mediocre Braves teams,[citation needed] with a high 17 victories in 1975. A year later, he won only four games.

Morton finished his career in the minors, pitching for the Rangers, Phillies and Pirates Triple-A teams until 1978.

Untimely death[edit]

Morton died on April 12, 1983 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, of a heart attack after jogging.[citation needed]

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