Wycliffe Nathaniel Morton
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Bubba Morton, the first African American player signed by the Detroit Tigers, died on Jan. 14, 2006 in Seattle, Wash. He was 74.
He hit .267 in his career with 14 home runs, 128 RBI and seven stolen bases. He played for Detroit (1961-1963), Milwaukee NL (1963) and California (1966-1969).
His best season in the majors came in 1969 when he hit .244 with seven home runs and 32 RBI.
His career also included playing for Seattle of the Pacific Coast League in 1966 and playing in Japan in 1970.
In 1972, the University of Washington hired him as head baseball coach. His teams finished with a 48-101 record.
He also worked for Boeing and was a Coast Guard reservist.