Any street machine that looks this good needs to have the stones to back it up, and the Mustang definitely delivers. Having played 14 of his 18 big-league seasons with the Detroit Tigers, Morris still has deep roots in Motown. As such, he rounded up all the local boys to put together a killer powertrain. After acquiring an aluminum Windsor block from Dart, he sent it off to Roush Racing to transform it into a 454ci monster that boasts an Eagle rotating assembly, AFR 225cc cylinder heads, and a COMP 248/254-at-.050 solid roller cam. The combo channels its 622 hp rearward to a Tremec T56 manual trans, and a Ford 9-inch rearend fitted with a Detroit Truetrac differential.

For such a stunning Pro Touring ride that delivers on so many levels, you're probably wondering why you haven't heard about it until now, nearly four years after it's been finished. Upon wowing crowds at the '08 Detroit Autorama, the Mustang was scheduled to appear in the Ford booth at the '09 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction, but it never made it there due to a transporter snafu. Shortly thereafter, a good friend of Morris's—who was instrumental in the Mustang's development—died, at which point he lost interest in the car. Last year, Morris took the Mustang to auction where John Dwyer Jr. snatched it up. "When I saw this car, it stopped me in my tracks. I wanted to drive and I wanted to race it, so in order to do that, I had to buy it," John recalls. Before you cry foul that the Mustang will go to waste sitting in a climate-controlled garage, make no mistake that John pounds on it profusely. "I ran it on the Goodguys autocross in Scottsdale, and now I have a permanent grin on my face. Since then, I've added RideTech coilovers and installed a custom Panhard bar to make it even faster in the autocross."

There's no disputing that Morris has some pretty damn good taste in muscle cars. There's no disputing that he was one heck of a pitcher, too, notching 254 career wins and clinching Game 7 of the 1991 World Series with an incredible 10-inning shutout. While Morris's brilliant World Series performance still hurts 22 years later for Braves fans, this Braves fan has finally realized that he's no villain. He's just a real-deal car guy like the rest of us.


By The Numbers
1969 Ford Mustang
John Dwyer Jr., 59
Sedona, AZ

Engine
Type: Ford Windsor 454ci small-block
Block: Dart aluminum bored to 4.125 inches
Oiling: custom dry-sump pump and pan
Rotating assembly: Eagle 4.250-inch forged crank and rods; Wiseco 11.5:1 forged pistons
Cylinder heads: ported AFR 225cc aluminum castings
Camshaft: COMP 248/254-at-.050 solid roller; .614/.621-inch lift; 112-degree LSA
Valvetrain: Ford Racing timing set, Trend pushrods, Jesel shaft-mount rocker arms
Induction: Edelbrock Super Victor intake manifold, Holley 850-cfm carb
Ignition: MSD billet distributor, 6AL ignition box, and plug wires
Exhaust: custom 1.875-inch long-tube headers, custom 3-inch collectors and mufflers
Cooling system: Be Cool radiator and electric fan
Fuel system: custom 30-gallon cell, Aeromotive pump
Output: 622 hp at 5,900 rpm and 603 lb-ft at 4,800 rpm
Built by: Roush Performance

Drivetrain
Transmission: Tremec T56 six-speed manual, Ford Racing clutch, Hurst shifter
Rear axle: Ford 9-inch rearend with 4.11:1 gears and limited-slip differential

Chassis
Front suspension: Heidts control arms and sway bar; RideTech coilovers
Rear suspension: custom four-link with RideTech coilovers
Brakes: Wilwood 14-inch rotors and six-piston calipers, front and rear

Wheels & Tires
Wheels: BBS CH 18x10, front; 19x14, rear
Tires: Michelin 285/35R18, front; 345/30R19, rear