Ed Morris (1880s pitcher)

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Ed Morris
Ed Morris baseball card.jpg
Born: (1862-09-29)September 29, 1862
Brooklyn, New York
Died: April 12, 1937(1937-04-12) (aged 74)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Batted: Both Threw: Left
MLB debut
May 1, 1884, for the Columbus Buckeyes
Last MLB appearance
October 1, 1890, for the Pittsburgh Burghers
MLB statistics
Win–loss record 171-122
Earned run average 2.82
Strikeouts 1,217

Edward Morris (September 29, 1862 – April 12, 1937), nicknamed Cannonball, was a 19th-century Major League Baseball pitcher. He played for the Columbus Buckeyes (1884), Pittsburgh Alleghenys (1885–1889), and Pittsburgh Burghers (1890). He has been described as the first great lefthanded pitcher in major league baseball.


A native of Brooklyn, New York, the left-hander stood 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) and weighed 165 lbs. On May 29, 1884 he pitched a no-hitter against the Pittsburgh Alleghenys, winning 5–0. He was purchased by the Alleghenys from the Buckeyes five months later.

Morris finished in his league's top ten several times for many pitching categories, including wins, earned run average, strikeouts, and shutouts. In 1886 he led the American Association with 41 wins and 12 shutouts.

Career totals for 317 games played (311 as a pitcher) include a 171–122 record, 307 games started, 297 complete games, 29 shutouts, 4 games finished, and 1 save. His lifetime ERA was 2.82. At the plate he was 179-for-1,113 (.161) with 1 home run, 63 runs batted in, and 100 runs scored. Author David Nemec described Morris as "the first truly outstanding southpaw pitcher in major league history."[1]

Morris died from an infection that began in an injured toe.[2]

See also


  1. Nemec, David (2004). The Beer and Whisky League: The Illustrated History of the American Association--Baseball's Renegade Major League. Globe Pequot Press. p. 65. ISBN 1592281885. Retrieved September 6, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. http://www.uniondalecemetery.org/notables-detail.php?notableID=43

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Preceded by
Al Atkinson
No-hitter pitcher
May 29, 1884
Succeeded by
Frank Mountain