Happy Birthday, Jerry Morales

JerryMoralesHappy 61st to Julio Ruben (Torres) Morales, the light-hitting, basket-catch-making rightfielder of the 1979 Tigers.

Wearing number 27, he hit a wispy .211 in his only season in Detroit with 14 home runs and 23 doubles — just one fewer than Magglio Ordonez hit last year.

He wasn’t a total loss for the Tigers though. He came to Detroit along with Aurelio Lopez and was traded (with Phil Mankowski) to the Mets for one my all-time favorites, Richie Hebner.

Most of his success came with the Cubs. In seven seasons he batted .275 with 59 homers … for some really bad teams.

¡Feliz cumpleaños, Julio!


  1. Jerry Morales also had one of the all-time great HR trots. He’d round 2nd base and go clear out to the outfield in a big, looping path. Amazing!

  2. All I remember from Jerry was that he is my uncle, I was very young during his prime, but he always came to visit( His sister Sylvia was my uncle’s wife for years) the last time I saw him was in 2001 when I went to Yabucoa, PR for my grandmother’s funeral. he hasn’t changed a bit!!!

  3. Jerry was my favorite player and I made basket catches just like he used to. I also remember being thrilled that he was picked for the all-star game in 1977 only to have him hit in the knee with a pitch and to be hurt most of the rest of the season. He had a bullet for an arm and was clutch. He didn’t hit a lot of home runs, but he did drive in a lot of runs.

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