[O]ne of my great experiences when I was a young player. Don Wilson was pitching a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. They had Orlando Cepeda, Rico Carty, Felipe Alou and Hank Aaron, of course. And they got to the ninth inning, he got two outs, no one on base, and Hank Aaron was the hitter. And in my infinite wisdom, I ran in to the mound. I said, "You know, it wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if Hank Aaron walked right here. He said, "Get back to second base." I proceeded to go back to second base. He threw three fastballs right by Hank Aaron. No-hitter.Cool story.
Too bad it never happened.
Well, Wilson did throw a no-hitter against the Braves and Aaron did strike out to end the game (June 18, 1967) ... but Morgan watched the entire game from the bench.
Telling tall tales about his playing career is nothing new to Morgan.
Two years ago, Morgan spun a yarn about his major league debut with Houston. It was against the Phillies in 1964, when the Phils were busy blowing their National League lead. Morgan's RBI single beat the Phillies during the historic tailspin, causing manager Gene Mauch to overturn the clubhouse buffet table, screaming that his club had been beaten by "a Little Leaguer"!
Again -- not close and no cigar.
Phil Mushnick of the Post noted:
... the Phillies played the Reds, Braves and Cardinals during that losing streak; Houston wasn't in the mix.Morgan has also told false stories about Ernie Banks.
Furthermore, Morgan, though called up in 1964, did not have an RBI that season for Houston.
And he did not make his big-league debut in '64, either. That came Sept. 21, 1963, when he went 0-for-1, pinch-hitting against the Phillies. The next day, Morgan did have an RBI single to beat the Phillies, but those Phillies were well out of the race and not in the throes of a historic collapse; they'd actually won four of their previous five games.