One of the premier pinch hitters of the 1970’s, Morales had a solid 12-year run through the majors that saw him compile a .287 career average to go along with 26 home runs. He only appeared in over 100 games twice, first with the Montreal Expos in 1976 and again with the Minnesota Twins in 1978. He responded by posting batting averages of .316 and .314, but saw his playing time drop in each of the subsequent years. In addition to the Twins and Expos, Morales played for the Oakland A’s, Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers.
Morales set the record for most pinch hits in a season in 1976 with 25. His mark stood until 1995 when it was broken by John Vander Wal who had 28. Following his playing career, Morales was a hitting instructor for four different teams.
I sent Morales the card pictured above. He generously sent me back the three cards pictured below as well.
This marks the first appearance of a 1981 Donruss card on the site. Along with the 1981 Fleer, the ’81 Donruss will always hold a special place in my heart. I am not sure why, but now you know.
Jose Morales – career stats