Tony Morales

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Antonio L. Morales

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Biographical Information[edit]

Tony Morales played in the minor leagues in 1951, 1952 and 1954.

While in high school, he lettered all four years in baseball, football and basketball. Prior to college, he also had served in the United States Navy in the Pacific during World War II. while at the University of Arizona, he was a 3rd-team All-American at first base in 1950. He also played basketball there (the first-team All-American 1B, Fred Taylor, also was a basketball player in an odd twist).

Morales played for the Tucson Cowboys in the high-offense Southwest International and Arizona-Texas Leagues during his three-year pro career. In 1951, he batted .287 with 13 doubles, 6 triples and 87 hits in 84 games. In 1952, he hit .314/.371/.481 with 41 doubles, 12 triples, 7 home runs, 102 runs and 161 hits in 119 games. He led Arizona-Texas League first basemen with 85 assists and was 6th in doubles, between Roberto Canales and Lefty Lewis. In 1954, he hit .342/.400/.483 with 33 doubles, 6 triples, 9 home runs, 106 runs and 175 hits in 124 games. Moving to the outfield, he fielded only .883, worst among regulars in the Arizona-Texas League. He just missed the top 10 in doubles. Overall, Morales hit .319 with 87 doubles, 24 triples, 19 home runs and 423 hits in 327 games.

He later taught and coached at Tucson High School and Lincoln High School.

Sources include 1953 and 1955 Baseball Guides and obituary