William Lee Morrisette
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 176 lb.
- Debut September 18, 1915
- Final Game September 23, 1920
- Born November 21, 1894 in Portsmouth, VA USA
- Died March 25, 1966 in Virginia Beach, VA USA
Bill Morrisette played in the minors from 1913 to 1924 and came to the big leagues three times during that period. He had 4 games with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1915, 1 with the Athletics in 1916 and 8 with the Detroit Tigers in 1920. In the minors he won 119 games, including a 20-6 year with the Hamilton Tigers in 1920.
Bill started in the minors at age 18, and when he was 20 he was up in the majors with the Athletics. He was half the age of teammate Nap Lajoie, who was 40. Bill went 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA, although he allowed several unearned runs. He and Lajoie both came back in 1916, although Bill pitched only 4 innings, spending most of the season with the minor league Baltimore Orioles and going 16-13.
After several more years in the minors, Bill came back to the bigs with the Tigers in 1920 and pitched the bulk of his major league appearances. He was eight years younger than teammate Ty Cobb. Bill's ERA with the Tigers was 4.33, not much higher than the team ERA of 4.04. Dutch Leonard, a member of the team's starting rotation, also had an ERA of 4.33 and would return the following year with the Tigers. Bill continued to pitch in the minors through 1924.
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