Peter Morris - 1991 World Scrabble Champion
Peter Morris, an American Scrabble player by way of England and Canada, was the first ever World Scrabble Champion, winning in 1991.Peter Morris is an American Scrabble player who has represented the United States numerous times over the years. Peter Morris's major claim to fame is that he won the first ever World Scrabble Championship in 1991. Morris also won the 1989 U.S. National Scrabble Championship.
Peter Morris Stats
Peter Morris has a career winning percentage in competitive Scrabble over 69%. His overall record is 537-240-1.
Peter Morris currently has a Scrabble rating of 1965, though his highest rating was 2150. This was in the time that Peter Morris was the #1 ranked Scrabble player. Peter Morris's average SCRABBLE score is 401-372.
Peter Morris Retirement
Peter Morris is retired from playing major Scrabble tournaments. Morris ended his Scrabble career in 1996 after the tournament in West Bloomfield, Missouri, in the same state he resided in at the time. In his final tournament, Peter Morris finished 8th of 18 players.
World Scrabble Championship
Peter Morris finished 1st in the first ever World Scrabble Championship. Peter Morris played in one other WSC, finishing 12th out of 64 players.
U.S. National Scrabble Championship
Peter Morris played in six U.S. National Scrabble Championships, in 1983, 1985, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992 and 1996. Morris's finishes were all over the place, including 10th, 21st, 2nd, 1st, 9th, 55th and 27th.
Peter Morris finished 1st in the US National Scrabble Championship in 1989 and 2nd in 1988.
Peter Morris Bio
Peter Morris was born in Birmingham, England and grew up mainly in Toronto, Canada. Peter also lived in Washington, D.C. for a short time as a child. Peter Morris earned a degree from the University of Toronto.
In his years just after college, Peter competed in competitive Scrabble.
Life After Scrabble
After leaving Scrabble in 1996, Peter Morris continued his studies, earning a master's degree in English at Michigan State University. Peter taught literature and writing at Michigan State, while focusing his academic studies on P.G. Wodehouse and Anthony Trollope.
Peter Morris eventually left his university teaching position to become an author, though. Like Scrabble, literature seems to have been a passing phase for Peter Morris. His newest obsession became the early history of baseball.
To date, Peter Morris has written four books on the subject of baseball history. Baseball Fever tells the story of baseball and the growth of its popularity in Michigan from the 1840's to the 1870's.
Three other books have followed: A Game of Inches, But Didn't We Have Fun? and Level Playing Fields. Each discusses another aspect of the formation of baseball, from early rules and customs to the rule that baseball groundskeepers played in creating baseball as we know it, to an overview of the early days of baseball throughout the United States.
It appears unlikely that Peter Morris will return to competitive Scrabble, but he left his imprint on an important time in the history of Scrabble. It's only fitting that a historian would become the first man to win the World Scrabble Championship.
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