The following article is part of my ongoing look at the candidates on the BBWAA 2014 Hall of Fame ballot. Originally written for the 2013 election, it has been updated to reflect last year’s voting results as well as additional research and changes in WAR. For a detailed introduction to JAWS, please see here. For the schedule and an explanation of how posts on holdover candidates will be presented, see here.
On Oct. 27, 1991, Jack Morris put together what many consider the greatest pitching performance in postseason history, throwing 10 shutout innings against the Braves to win Game 7 of the World Series. Remember, a championship wasn’t directly at stake when Don Larsen threw his perfect game for the Yankees in 1956 — that was a Game 5. Nine pitchers had thrown shutouts in Game 7s before Morris, most recently Bret Saberhagen for the Royals in 1985, but that was an 11-0 blowout. Ralph Terry did so in a 1-0 game for the Yankees in 1962, but he threw “only” nine innings. No pitcher had ever taken a shutout beyond nine innings in the deciding game of the World Series.