Martin persevered despite calamity. He began his pro career in 1941, but was wounded
as a combat engineer in WWII. In spring training of 1949, a death in the family took
him away for three weeks; he lasted just 10 games in his debut with Brooklyn. The
next spring he sprained his ankle and was sent down. Drafted by the Athletics, he
went a career-best 11-4 in 1951, beating every AL club at least once before suffering
a season-ending collision with Cleveland catcher Jim Hegan. He sat out most of 1952
after breaking a finger.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 15, 1949:
Boston's Vern Bickford stops the Dodgers, 4–0, allowing just four singles. One is by Gil Hodges, extending his hitting streak to 17 games. Jim Russell switch hits a homer and double to pin the loss on Morrie Martin. The Braves start Al Lakeman at 1B in place of Earl Torgeson, who separated his shoulder yesterday when he attempted to block Jackie Robinson on a double play. Torgeson will be operated on tomorrow and will be sidelined several months.
»August 30, 1951:
The A's topple the Indians, 6–2, beating Bob Feller and knocking the Tribe into 2nd place, a half game behind the idle Yankees. Morrie Martin and Carl Scheib combine for the win.
»May 6, 1953: Bobo Holloman of the St. Louis Browns pitches a no-hitter in his first ML start—his 5th appearance, only the 3rd rookie to do so, in a 6–0 win over the A's Morrie Martin. Bobo also drives home three runs on a pair of singles, his only two ML hits. Within three months he will be out of the majors for good, the winner of just three games, the fewest by a no-hit pitcher.