Do You Know Who This Guy Is?

El Monte alum Tom Morgan

July 26, 2013 • 360 views

On this date in 1952 the New York Yankees dropped a 4-2 to decision in Cleveland to the Indians before a crowd of 15,023.

On the losing end for the pinstripes was a 22 year old right hander named Tom Morgan (El Monte High School Class of 1948). Known as “Plowboy” Morgan appeared in three different World Series for the Yankees in 1951, 1955, and 1956. His career record was 67-47 with seven shutouts and 64 saves as he bounced from starter to reliever later in his career.

Morgan also pitched for the Kansas City Athletics, the Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, and was an original member of the Los Angeles Angels. After his career he served as a pitching coach with the Angels, Padres, and Yankees.

Known for his excellent control and good fastball Morgan vaulted to the the bigs in the spring of 1951 when he threw 22 consecutive scoreless innings for the Yankees.

“I used to throw to my brother by the hour in our backyard at home,” said Morgan. “That’s how I learned control so early, just by pitching.”

Brother Richard Morgan played seven seasons in the Yankees chain as a catcher.

In 1951 Morgan appeared in 27 games, starting 16 of them, completing four, with two shutouts and two saves. In the World Series that year he closed out the first game, a 5-1 loss to the New York Giants, by pitching two innings and fanning three, including Willie Mays for the second out in the top of the ninth inning.

Tom Morgan passed away January 13, 1987 at the age of 56 from complications of a stroke suffered a week earlier.

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