Pittsburgh Pirates – P
High School: Joel Barlow HS (Redding, CT)
W-L record: 32-56
Baseball History: Charlie Morton was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 3rd round of the 2002 draft. He made
his Major League debut with the Atlanta Braves on June 14, 2008. He was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates in June 2009 and has been with that organization ever since. He earned the Pirates’ Breakout Player of the year award in 2011.
Community Service Related to Military/Veterans:
• In 2011, Charlie Morton and his wife Cindy formed Morton’s Military Initiative, partnering with Pirates Charities and Operation Troop Appreciation on a mission to strengthen the morale and well-being of the military community.
• Through this partnership with OTA, the Mortons participated in the “Adopt a Unit” program, providing funds to purchase wish list items for deployed military units serving throughout the Middle East. The Mortons also assisted in packing items to be shipped overseas.
• Morton helped bring awareness to OTA by recording a series of public service announcements shown during Pirates broadcasts, one of which promoted the July 4th game and donation of 10,000 game tickets to local military members and their families. Two local fallen soldiers were honored during the game, and post-game the Mortons hosted a private event at PNC Park for group of 40 soldiers who had just returned from Afghanistan, along with their families.
• Morton attended the National Veteran Wheelchair Games held in Pittsburgh, meeting with wheelchair softball teams during their championship game and assisted in the awards ceremony.
• On Opening Day 2012, a ceremony honoring an Army Rangers veteran blinded during the war in Iraq so moved Morton that he committed to including the Wounded Warrior Project in his outreach. He then committed to hosting and paying for 20 members of OTA and 20 members of WWP and their families to attend the July 4th Pirates game. His personal donation also covered Pirates gift bags, Aramark food vouchers, and a personalized Pirates jersey for each guest.
• In 2013, Morton continued backing both OTA and WWP and teamed up with Pirates Charities to make a “Very Important Pirate” party even more special. During an event in September the Mortons visited with the VIP guests and contributed $30,000 to be shared between OTA and WWP.
• During Spring Training 2014, the Pirates teamed up with the Sarasota-based The Patterson Foundation and their Legacy of Valor initiative. Morton and the Pittsburgh Pirates, along with Pirates Charities and the Legacy of Valor initiative, hosted a Salute to Veterans. This included events for 15 local veteran members of Team Red, White and Blue, as well as 15 local veteran members of WWP, and all of their families.