Ed Morris (1920s pitcher)

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Ed Morris
Born: (1899-12-07)December 7, 1899
Foshee, Alabama
Died: March 2, 1932(1932-03-02) (aged 32)
Century, Florida
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
August 5, 1922, for the Chicago Cubs
Last MLB appearance
September 21, 1931, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
Earned Run Average4.19
Win–loss record42–45

Walter Edward "Big Ed" Morris (December 7, 1899 – March 3, 1932) was an American baseball player who was murdered. He was a starting pitcher in Major League who played in five seasons from 1922 to 1931. Listed at 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m), 185 lb., he batted and threw right-handed.

Early career[edit]

A native of Foshee, Alabama, Morris entered the majors in August 1922 with the Chicago Cubs, appearing for them in 12 innings of relief and did not have a decision. While pitching in the minors for Montgomery, he threw a no-hitter against Hershey. Morris returned to the major leagues in 1928, this time with the Boston Red Sox.

Later career[edit]

In 1928, Morris posted a 19–15 record with a 3.53 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 257⅔ innings for the last-place Red Sox, being considered in the American League MVP vote. In 1929 he went 14-14 with a 4.45 ERA, before injuring his arm during a scuffle in a St. Louis hotel elevator.[citation needed] After that, he went 4-9 in 1930 and 5-7 in 1931.

In a five-year career, Morris posted a 42–45 record with 256 strikeouts and a 4.19 ERA in 140 appearances, including 78 starts, 43 complete games, two shutouts, six saves, and 674.0 innings of work.


Prior to 1932 spring training, some friends of Morris threw a going-away party for him in Century, Florida. The party got out of hand, and Morris got into an altercation with a gas station attendant who was at the tavern where the party was held. In the middle of the discussion, the man pulled out a knife and stabbed Morris in the chest. Morris was taken to a local hospital in critical condition and later died.[1][2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sport: New Season". Time. Time Inc. March 28, 1932. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
  2. ^ "Red Sox Pitcher Ed Morris, Critically Stabbed During Brawl". Lewiston Daily Sun. March 2, 1932. Retrieved 26 December 2010.

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