The Saratogian (Saratoga, NY) - - SPORTS -

The road to Coop­er­stown for Mor­ris was like few oth­ers. He re­tired af­ter the 1994 sea­son and ap­peared on the Hall of Fame bal­lot for the first time in 2000. Year af­ter year he slowly rose in the vot­ing, re­ceiv­ing around 20 per­cent of the bal­lots in the early years up to 67.7 per­cent in 2013, 42 votes shy of the re­quired 75 per­cent. That to­tal de­creased slightly the next year, his fi­nal time to be con­sid­ered by the writ­ers, and con­founded Mor­ris.

“It was a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” he said. “The most frus­trat­ing thing for me — I got back-to-backto-back phone calls from some writ­ers and one year they’d say, ‘Well, I voted for you this year.’ And the next year they’d say, ‘I didn’t vote for you this year.’ And I asked them, did I lose some games? Was there some­thing that hap­pened that I’m not aware of? ‘No, I just didn’t think you were as good as the guys that were brought in.’ OK.”

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