Guy Morton, Sr was born June 1, 1893 in Vernon, Alabama to Martin and Mary (Nelson) Morton. Known as "The Alabama Blossom", Guy was said to have developed pitching control as a youngster by hunting squirrels with rocks.
Guy broke in with The Columbus Joy Riders, a Columbus, Mississippi Rookie level minor league team, in 1913. He pitched 81 innings that year and was credited with 5 wins and 5 losses. Toledo drafted him that fall and sent him to the Waterbury Contenders of Waterbury, Connecticut. In 1914, with the Contenders, Guy pitched 103 innings in 12 games with 8 wins and 1 loss. He pitched a no hit game which caused him to be transferred to Cleveland early in the season.
Guy Morton, at the age of 21, began his Major League baseball career in 1914 with the Cleveland Naps (who changed their name the next year to Cleveland Indians). From his first game June 20, 1914 through his last on June 6, 1924, the 6'1" 175 pound right handed pitcher would spend his entire eleven year major league career with the Indians. In those eleven years, Guy pitched 1,629.2 innings in 317 games with 98 wins and 88 losses.
In 2001, the Cleveland Indians, with input from veteran baseball writers and historians, compiled a list of the top 100 Cleveland players of all time which included Guy Morton.
In 1924 Morton was released back to the minors with the Kansas City Blues and finished the season with the Indianapolis Indians. He was released to the Memphis Chickasaws early the next year where he would remain until 1928 when he joined the Mobile Bears club. He spent the latter part of 1929 with the Birmingham Barons and then the High Point Pointers of North Carolina for 1931 and 1932. In his 10 years at the minor league level (both before and after his Major League stint), Guy came out with 91 - 98 record.
Guy "Alabama Blossom" Morton was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Guy Morton's son, Guy Morton, Jr, known as "Moose Morton", played ball for the University of Alabama and spent nine years in the Minor Leagues. Moose Morton's Major League career consisted of one game in 1954 with the Boston Red Sox in which he struck out on his only at-bat.
Guy Morton died of a heart attack at his home in Sheffield, Alabama on October 18th, 1934, at the age of 41. His grave lies in Vernon City Cemetery in Vernon, Alabama. ( J.Redus)
|1913||20||Columbus Joy Riders||Cotton States League||D|
|1914||21||Waterbury Contenders||Eastern Association||B|
|1914||21||Cleveland Naps||American League||MLB|
|1915||22||Cleveland Indians||American League||MLB|
|1916||23||Cleveland Indians||American League||MLB|
|1917||24||Cleveland Indians||American League||MLB|
|1918||25||Cleveland Indians||American League||MLB|
|1919||26||Cleveland Indians||American League||MLB|
|1920||27||Cleveland Indians||American League||MLB|
|1921||28||Cleveland Indians||American League||MLB|
|1922||29||Cleveland Indians||American League||MLB|
|1923||30||Cleveland Indians||American League||MLB|
|1924||31||Cleveland Indians||American League||MLB|
|1924||31||Kansas City Blues||American Association||AA|
|1924||31||Indianapolis Indians||American Association||AA|
|1925||32||Memphis Chickasaws||Southern Association||A|
|1926||33||Memphis Chickasaws||Southern Association||A|
|1927||34||Memphis Chickasaws||Southern Association||A|
|1928||35||Mobile Bears||Southern Association||A|
|1929||36||Mobile Bears||Southern Association||A|
|1929||36||Birmingham Barons||Southern Association||A|
|1930||37||High Point Pointers||Piedmont League||C|
|1931||38||High Point Pointers||Piedmont League||C|