Ed Morris (1920s pitcher)
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|Born: December 7, 1899|
|Died: March 3, 1932 (aged 32)|
|August 5, 1922, for the Chicago Cubs|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 21, 1931, for the Boston Red Sox|
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.
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.
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. After that, he went 4-9 in 1930 and 5-7 in 1931.
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, but later died.
- "Sport: New Season". Time. Time Inc. March 28, 1932. Retrieved 26 December 2010.
- "Red Sox Pitcher Ed Morris, Critically Stabbed During Brawl". Lewiston Daily Sun. March 2, 1932. Retrieved 26 December 2010.