Vern Morris

Born June 7, 1925, in St. Paul, Minnesota, Vern Morris was a star shortstop who could have played in the National Football League.

Morris graduated from Bellarmine Prep in 1943 and spent time at both University of Washington and Pacific Lutheran College before graduating in 1950. He played for several local semi-pro baseball teams, including BB Washers, Bellarmine, and DLC, including one squad that went to nationals. Following his playing career, he coached Western State Hospital’s slowpitch team, winning a room full of trophies, and also coached basketball at Western State. However, it all could have been different – he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.