Saturday, July 16, 2011
331 - Carl Morton
Carl Morton spent eight seasons in the big leagues pitching for the Expos and Braves. Morton was originally drafted by the Braves as an outfielder out of the University of Oklahoma and was converted to a pitcher.
Morton was selected by the Expos in the 1969 expansion draft, made his Major League debut that year and pitched in eight games that season. Morton made his mark as a solid starter the next season pitching to a 18-11 record with a 3.60 ERA, 10 complete games, 4 shutouts and earning National League Rookie of the Year honors. Morton failed to reach those numbers in his following seasons with the Expos and was later traded back to the Braves for Pat Jarvis in 1973.
Morton rebounded in his first three seasons with the Braves and won at least 15 games in three consecutive seasons, including a 17-win season in 1975. Morton regressed the following year and won only 4 games. After the end of the 1976 season, he was included by the Braves as part of a trade to acquire Jeff Burroughs from the Rangers. However, Morton spent the following season in the minors and never returned to the big leagues.
Morton passed away on April 12, 1983 from suffering a heart attack after jogging.
About This Card
Morton is shown in this photo with the Montreal Expos (or Les Expos de Montréal in French) logo clearly on his cap. In the past, I had wondered what the logo was supposed to be. According to Expos media guides, the logo is a stylized "M" for "Montreal" containing a red "e" for "Expos" and a blue "b" for "Baseball."