Jack Morris Was A Fierce Competitor
Jack Morris started his baseball career in his hometown of Saint Paul, Minnesota where he attended Highland Park High School. He then earned a partial scholarship to Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Morris was drafted by the Detroit Tigers and was first called up to the Big Leagues when The “Bird” Mark Fidrych was put on the disabled list. Jack Morris never looked back in his pro career.
On April 7, 1984 he mowed down every Chicago White Sox hitter and pitched a no-hitter. That season was magical for the Detroit Tigers. They started 35-5 overall and had gone wire to wire winning the World Series crushing the San Diego Padres. This team was disbanded because of money, and Jack Morris decided to go home to Minnesota and play for his home state Twins.
It was there that he won another World Series ring but this time he was unbelievable. It was October 27, 1991, game seven in the World Series versus the Atlanta Braves. Jack Morris was on the mound for Minnesota and Lansing’s own John Smoltz was on the mound for the Braves. Jack Morris pitches a 10-inning shutout and the Twins win the World Series. Morris was named the World Series MVP.
Jack Morris was on my Mad Dog Show on Thursday. He said he was just doing his job; I told him he was one of the most dominant pitchers of that era. Jack Morris, along with his close friend and former Tiger teammate Alan Trammell, were inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame In Cooperstown, New York in 2018. The Tigers also retired his number 47 in 2018, too. Jack Morris also pitched in 14 straight opening days to begin the season, which is a Major League record that will never be broken.
Jack Morris will always be remembered as a fierce competitor.