- January 18, 1944
- 200 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 4-11-1969 with MON
- Allstar Selections:
- 1970 ROOK
Morton compiled an 18-11 record for the Expos in 1970 and was voted NL Rookie of the Year. He began as an outfielder in the Braves' organization, became a success when converted to the mound, and was taken by the Expos in the 1968 expansion draft. After he slipped to 7-13 in 1972, Morton was traded back to Atlanta, where he strung together three winning seasons for mediocre Braves teams. He won only four games in 1976 and finished in the minors. Morton was only 39 when he died of a heart attack after jogging.
Carl Wendle Morton (January 18, 1944 – April 12, 1983) was a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the Montreal Expos (1969–72) and Atlanta Braves (1973–76). He batted and threw right-handed.
In an eight-season career, Morton posted an 87-92 record with 650 strikeouts and a 3.73 ERA in 1648.2 innings.
A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Morton grew up in West Tulsa, where he played baseball on the same Webster High School team as future fellow major-leaguer Rich Calmus. Morton went on to play outfield for the University of Oklahoma. He started his pro career as an outfielder in the Atlanta Braves organization and later converted to a pitcher. He was selected by the Montreal Expos in the 1968 expansion draft.
In 1970, Morton compiled an 18-11 record for the last-place Expos and won the National League Rookie of the Year and TSN National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year awards, becoming the first Montreal player to receive the honors. He also pitched 10 complete games, including four shutouts, and compiled a 3.60 ERA. But Morton was never able to recapture the same success for the rest of his stint in Montreal. Plagued by low run support, he went 10-18 in 1971 and slipped to 7-13 in 1972. Then he was shipped back to the Braves before the 1973 season.
In Atlanta, Morton strung together three consecutive 15+ win seasons for mediocre Braves teams, with a high 17 victories in 1975. A year later, he won only four games and finished his career in the minors, pitching for the Rangers, Phillies and Pirates Triple-A teams until 1978.
Carl Morton died in Tulsa, Oklahoma, of a heart attack after jogging. He was 39.
In the 1970 Rookie of the Year vote, Morton was selected over Bernie Carbo, Larry Bowa and César Cedeño.
- Carl Morton