April 9, 1965 |
Fort Rucker, Alabama
|Batted: Left||Threw: Left|
|July 29, 1988 for the New York Yankees|
|Last MLB appearance|
|October 1, 2000 for the Detroit Tigers|
|Runs batted in||513|
|Career highlights and awards|
William Harold Morris III (born April 9, 1965 in Fort Rucker, Alabama) is a former first baseman in Major League Baseball who played primarily for the Cincinnati Reds. He attended Munster High School in Munster, Indiana, and the University of Michigan. Morris was the Player of the Year while attending Munster High School. His Michigan team started the 1983 campaign 33-0 and made an appearance in the College World Series. That team had three future Reds in Morris, Barry Larkin, and Chris Sabo. He is currently the director of professional scouting for the Los Angeles Angels.
Morris was selected by the New York Yankees in the 8th round of the 1986 amateur draft. Besides the Yankees and Reds, he also played for the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers. Morris was known for his unusual hitting technique. His feet never settled as the pitcher delivered the ball, so his swing was preceded by his feet shuffling towards the plate. Hal was not known for his power, but he had an uncanny ability to spray the ball to all corners of the ballpark. He was not exceptional defensively, but he was a very solid first baseman.
After retiring, Morris continued his education by graduating with an MBA from Stanford University. Morris has been involved in a variety of real estate and technology ventures, and has been an adviser to Montara Capital Partners, a boutique private equity firm focused on 1031 exchange and tax advantaged real estate transactions. Before joining the Angels in November 2011, he was a professional scout for the Pittsburgh Pirates for two seasons and the Boston Red Sox for one (2011). His brother, Bobby, played professional baseball between 1993 and 2001.
- Morris was a part of the 1990 Cincinnati Reds, which won the World Series. His sacrifice fly in game 4 turned out to be the game- (and series-) winning RBI.
- In 1991, Morris finished 1 point behind Atlanta's Terry Pendleton in the battle for the National League hitting crown. Morris finished ended the year at .318, while Terry Pendleton finished at .319.
- Morris compiled a 32 game hitting streak from August 26, 1996 to April 3, 1997.
- He also appeared on the cover of Wheaties.
- Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference
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