Jack Morris, the Hall of Famer

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DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 17: Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Five of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on October 17, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 17: Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Jack Morris throws out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Game Five of the American League Championship Series between the Detroit Tigers and the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park on October 17, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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Morris led the Detroit Tigers to a World Series win in 1984 and Eastern Division championship (98 wins) in 1987.  The right-handed pitcher was also voted into 4 All-star games during this decade (’81,’84,’85 and 1987).

Subsequently, the Minnesota Twins and Toronto Blue Jays also saw the value of Morris and signed him for their successful World Series championships teams in 1991, 1992 and 1993.

On October 27, 1991, the 36-year-old Jack Morris pitched perhaps the greatest game in World Series history. ( NOTE; Doc Halladay’s perfect game was  in a playoff round and Don Larsen‘s perfect game was in the non-deciding game 5).

On that date, Morris pitched a 10 inning shutout victory in a game 7 victory by the Minnesota Twins over the Atlanta Braves. The game showed Morris’ competitive nature along with his ability to be a great pitcher.

It was his 15th year in the big leagues.

In 1991, he was voted to the all-star team, selected World Series MVP and finished the year 18 and 12 with a 3.43 ERA. He followed up that season with the Toronto Blue Jays going 21 and 6 and a 4.04 ERA.

Morris gained two more World Series titles while a member of the Toronto Blue Jays.

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