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Does the name Dr. William J. Morgan ring a bell? Well if it doesn’t, it should. The Red Sox would likely still be mired in a seemingly endless drought without a World Series win. I’ve lost count. What would it be now? Ninety-two years?
Anyway, Dr. Morgan was the brilliant man who performed a risky surgery on Curt Schilling’s severely damaged ankle that allowed him to pitch effectively when the Red Sox needed it most: in Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS against the Yankees. Down three games to two, the Sox had to turn to Schilling due to a lack of options. He delivered, pitching seven strong innings with just one run allowed in a 4-2 win.
In the unprecedented procedure, Dr. Morgan created a wall of stitches to hold Schilling’s torn tendon sheath in place before Game 6’s huge win. He performed the procedure again before Game 2 of the World Series, a game Schilling and the Red Sox also won.
According to the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, Dr. Morgan is being probed for “unspecified allegations.” With the investigation underway, Dr. Morgan indefinitely gave up his right to practice medicine in Massachusetts.
The 57-year-old Morgan was most recently the team doctor for the Worcester Sharks AHL team from 2006 until last fall when he resigned. He was the Sox team doctor from 2001-2004, and was replaced soon after the risky procedures on Schilling’s ankle.
Morgan was arrested in Worcester for drunken driving in 2003, but there was no word whether that affected his status with the Red Sox or was the reason with this investigation.