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Lew Morton (baseball)

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Rookie Carl Morton was tapped by manager Gene Mauch to start just the fourth game in the history of the Montreal Expos. The 25-Year-old right-hander made his Major-League debut on April 11, 1969, at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The Expansion Expos, who had to fill their roster with rejects, castoffs, and hopefuls from older clubs, had go 1-2 on their inaugural roadstand in New York. Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs scored 24 runs against the Philadelphia Phillies in a three-game sweep at Wrigley. Morton, college-educate redhead from Oklahoma, whose childhood baseball hero was Mickey Mantle, had been moved from the outfield to the mound only two seasons earlier. He arrive at spring training fighting for a spot in the bullpen. By Time Expos head North from West Palm Beach, Florida, Morton had been named fourth starter in a rotation including Jim Mudcat Grant, Bill Stoneman, and Larry Jaster. The Rookies ' tough first assignment features a Cubs lineup including Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, and Ron Santo. The temperature was in the High 40s and the sky clear as Morton got to work with repertoire including a solid fastball, curve, and combination slider-curve he likes to call slurve. When I go to the mound, I tell myself it was just another game, He say. Same ball and same kind of field we played on last year at Shreveport. 1 Morton got through his first inning by inducing three groundouts. He avoided serious trouble through the following innings, giving up Walk in the second, single in the third, Walk in the fourth, and a single in the fifth. The Cubs touch Morton for three singles in the sixth but failed to score, as Glenn Beckert was out at plate on fielders choice. After giving up another single in the eighth and Walk in the ninth, Morton completed nine innings without giving up a run. Unfortunately for him and his Expos, Cubs Pitcher Joe Niekro also completed nine shutout innings. The Cubs went on to win the game, 1-0, in 12. Four days later, Morton Start only the second Major-League game to be played outside the United States. He lasted only four innings against. Louis Cardinals in another No-decision. He gave up three earned runs on three hits, including home runs by Mike Shannon and Vada Pinson, while issuing one bas balls. He struck out six. In his third start, against the Cubs at Jarry Park on April 20, Morton again left after the fourth inning, this time after surrendering four runs. He gave up just one hit, single, but Walk five. He took the loss, while Ferguson Jenkins of the Cubs pitched completed game to become the first Canadian to win a Major-League game on Canadian soil.

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Carl Morton was a starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Montreal Expos and Atlanta Braves. He threw right-hand. In an eight-season professional career, Morton Post 87-92 record with 650 strikeouts and 3. 73 ERA in 1648. 2 innings. In the early years, Carl Wendle Morton, native of Kansas City, Missouri, grew up in West Tulsa, where he played baseball in same Webster High School team as future Major-leaguer Rich Calmus. Morton went on to play outfield for the University of Oklahoma. Baseball career Morton started his pro career as an outfielder in the Atlanta Braves organization and later converted to 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 National League Rookie of the Year, chosen over Bernie Carbo, Larry Bowa and Cesar Cedeno. That same year, he also received the Sporting News Rookie of Year Award, becoming the first Montreal player to receive honors. He also pitched 10 complete games, including four shutouts, and compiled 3. 60 ERA. But Morton was never able to recapture the same success for the rest of his stint in Montreal. Plague 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, with a high 17 victories in 1975. A year later, he had won only four games. Morton finished his career in the minors, pitching for the Rangers, Phillies and Pirates Triple-teams until 1978. Death Morton died on April 12 1983 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, of a heart attack after jogging.

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