J. Walter Morris began his professional baseball career in 1902 as a player with Corsicana of the Texas League. He moved into managing teams, including San Antonio and Beaumont of the South Texas league. He bought, operated, and sold a half-dozen teams over the years. In 1909, he purchased his first team, the Fort Worth franchise in the Texas League. Morris was elected to executive positions in six different minor leagues, the first from 1915 to 1920 when he served as president of the Texas League. Morris later served as president of four other leagues, including West Texas, the Cotton States, East Texas, and Evangeline. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1966.