Jack Morris
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    Baseball great, Jack Morris was born John Scott Morris on May 16, 1955 in St. Paul, Minnesota. Jack Morris is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher. He played in 18 big league seasons between 1977 and 1994, mainly for the Detroit Tigers, and won 254 games throughout his career. Armed with a fastball, slider and devastating splitter, Morris was a five-time All-Star (1981, 1984, 1985, 1987, and 1991).

    Jack Morris has won far more games (233) than any other pitcher in baseball over a 14-year span (1979-1992), only twice spent time on the disabled list, and amassed an amazing string of more than 500 straight starts without missing a turn in the rotation. His pitching performance in Game Seven for the Minnesota Twins in the 1991 World Series is one of the greatest in post-season annals. Critics have attacked Morris' legacy due to his high ERA, claiming he won due to great run support. Those same critics ignore the fact that Morris pitched much of his career in a tremendous hitters' ballpark (Tiger Stadium). Morris was the winningest pitcher of the 1980s, and the ace of three World Championship teams. 

    "You have to wonder if enough of these voters will ever be able to look past his 3.90 career ERA to get him to the podium. Well, if you toss out that ERA which is lower than Jason Schmidt's career ERA, by the way, what more evidence of this man's perpetual ace-hood could a voter ask for? This is about more than just Game 7, 1991. Jack Morris pitched a no-hitter. He started three All-Star Games. He was a huge figure on three World Series pitching staffs. He always started Opening Day. And consider this: From 1979 to '92, when Morris and Nolan Ryan were both doing their thing, Morris had 65 more wins than Ryan (233-168). I've voted for him eight years in a row, and never once felt I'd overinflated what he was in his day." — writer Jayson Stark, 2007

    Jack Morris has spent time as a color analyst for the Minnesota Twins, and as an occasional guest on Detroit Tigers broadcasts. He also spent time in Lakeland, Florida as a part-time coach for the Detroit Tigers during spring training.

    Morris is known for his love of hunting and fishing, especially in his native Minnesota.

    Morris was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 

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