Class of 2003
Born: June 1, 1893 in Vernon, Alabama
Morton was the first native Alabamian to win 100 games in the majors. After being dubbed the “strikeout king” in the Eastern League, he became a consistent winner for the Cleveland Indians where he spent his entire major league career. He finished his career with a 3.13 earned-run average, 20 shutouts, and 830 strikeouts. He led the American League with five relief wins in 1921 despite being a starter. In 1918, he struck out 123, fourth-best in the American League. He was second in the league in shutouts in 1915. He was one of 36 pitchers named to Cleveland’s “The Top 100 Greatest Indians” list.