June 29, 2012
Former Gopher great Dan Morgan (1975-77) will be inducted into the M Club Hall of Fame, announced today by the Minnesota Athletics department.
Along with Morgan, the 2012 class includes Lindsey Berg (volleyball, 1989-2001), Tyrone Carter (football, 1996-99), Bryan "Butsy" Erickson (men's hockey, 1979-83), Chad Kraft (wrestling, 1996-1999), Shani Marks Johnson (track & field, 2000-03), J Robinson(wrestling head coach, 1986-present), John Williams (football, 1965-67) and Jennifer Walek (soccer, 1993-95, 1997).
A first team All-American, two-time All-Big Ten selection and a key member of Minnesota's last College World Series team in 1977, Dan Morgan is remembered as one of the Gophers' all-time great pitchers. In fact, Morgan still ranks second in school history in career ERA (1.97), tied for sixth in wins (21) and is ninth in career strikeouts (198). He is also tied for fourth in school history in wins in a season (10, 1976 and 1977) and sixth in strikeouts (93 in 1977).
During his All-America senior season in 1977, Morgan was nearly unhittable, posting an ERA of 1.56 in 94.2 innings and went a perfect 10-0 in 16 games with six complete games. As junior in 1976, Morgan pitched in 14 games, compiling a 10-2 record and an ERA of 1.67 in 79.2 innings pitched.
Morgan went on to be selected in the 15th round of the 1977 Major League Baseball draft by Montreal. He passed away prematurely on May 31, 1996. Former teammates launched the Dan Morgan Golf Open, held annually in his honor. Since the beginning, the golf open has raised over $125,000 in Dan Morgan's memory, dating back to 1997.
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