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Barney Morris (Big Boy, Big Ad)

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 170 lb.

Barney Morris was a two-time All-Star in the Negro Leagues.

Morris debuted in 1932, going 6-4 for the Monroe Monarchs. He pitched for New Orleans in 1933 then was with the Bismarck Churchills in 1935-1936 alongside Satchel Paige, Chet Brewer, Hilton Smith and Double Duty Radcliffe. The knuckleballer was back in the Negro Leagues with the 1937 Pittsburgh Crawfords, going 3-4. He was picked to start for the East in the 1937 East-West Game and allowed two hits and one run in three innings. He got the decision in a 7-2 victory over the West.

Barney improved to 6-1 for the Crawfords in 1938. He was 13-8 for Cienfuegos in the 1939-1940 Cuban Winter League, better than teammates Martin Dihigo and Jorge Comellas. He led the league in wins, complete games (15) and shutouts (3, tied with Radcliffe and Rodolfo Fernandez. He joined Fernandez as the All-Star pitchers.

Morris went 2-0 in the 1940-1941 California Winter League. Again taking his arm to Latin America, he had a 11-16, 4.86 record for the 1941 Monterrey Industriales, with 110 walks in 213 innings. He came back to the USA with the New York Cubans, going 0-2 in 1942.

Going 7-3 in 1944, Morris got his second East-West Game appearance. In the 1944 East-West Game, he gave up two hits and one run in 1 1/3 IP as the third East pitcher, between Carrenza Howard and Bill Byrd. He left for pinch-hitter Henry Kimbro in a 7-4 loss.

Morris had records of 5-4 in 1946 and 4-6 in 1947. In the 1947 Negro World Series, he shutout the Cleveland Buckeyes in game three as New York went on to the title.

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