Miami baseball great Jim Morris, who won two national titles, elected to Hall of Fame

Susan Miller Degnan
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Former University of Miami baseball coach Jim Morris’ teams made it to the College World Series in 13 of his 25 years with the Hurricanes — more than any other team in the nation during that period.

Now Morris will be enshrined forever as one of the college greats.

Morris, known by many as “3” for his jersey number, has been elected to the 2020 induction class of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.

“I’m so deeply honored,’’ Morris said in a released statement. “It was a long journey filled with a lot of games... I couldn’t have done it without the help of so many people, from players and coaches to administrators and of course my family. I’m just very excited about being part of this illustrious crowd.”

Morris and former Major League star Jason Varitek, who played for Morris when he previously coached at Georgia Tech, as well as National Baseball Hall of Fame member Paul Molitor, are among the 12 inductees for 2020.

Morris, a three-time national coach of the year, retired as one of only 12 college coaches with more than 1,500 wins. In his 25 seasons at Miami, Morris won 1,090 games (with only 472 losses) and won national titles in 1999 and 2001. UM’s other two national titles came in 1982 and 1985 under the legendary Ron Fraser — another College Hall of Fame member.

Morris had his No. 3 jersey retired on March 8, 2019,

At Georgia Tech, Morris was the all-time leader in coaching victories and had 12 consecutive winning seasons. He left Georgia Tech when it was the preseason No. 1 in 1994.

“I’m going from the No. 1 team in the country to the No. 1 program in the country,’’ he said back then.

“There is perhaps no more fitting honor for Coach Morris than to be named a member of the National College Baseball Hall of Fame,’’ UM athletic director Blake James said. “Coach is college baseball.’’