After Morgan was named International League MVP in 1949 (.337, 112 RBI), the Dodgers
put a $250,000 price tag on him, and he moved to the head of a long line of heirs
apparent to Pee Wee Reese's shortstop spot. When Reese's tenure prevented that, he
was projected as the next Dodger third baseman. Neither his batting nor his fielding
was sufficient, and in 1954 he was traded to Philadelphia.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»May 21, 1952: After leadoff batter Billy Cox grounds out against Ewell Blackwell, the Whip loses his snap. The Dodgers then score 15 runs in the first inning as a record 19 consecutive batters reach 1B. Captain Pee Wee Reese walks twice in reaching base safely three times. Andy Pafko is thrown out trying to steal 3B, and Duke Snider mercifully strikes out to end the barrage against the Reds. The Dodgers score 15 runs on 15 RBIs in the frame, and coast at home, 19–1. Winning pitcher Chris Van Cuyk has the most hits with four—two in the first inning off Bud Byerly and Frank Smith, while Bobby Morgan has a pair of two-run homers and Snider another two-run homer. The Reds lone run is a homer by reserve catcher Dixie Howell.