Baseball Corridor of Famer Joe Morgan, a two-time World Collection champion and two-time Nationwide League MVP, died Sunday. He was 77. Morgan died of non-specified polyneuropathy, his household stated in a press release. Morgan performed a complete of twenty-two MLB seasons, together with eight seasons with the Reds. Throughout his time in Cincinnati, he grew to become a key member of the “Large Crimson Machine,” successful back-to-back World Collection titles in 1975 and 1976.
Morgan additionally gained back-to-back NL MVP Awards each of these years. Moreover, Morgan completed within the top-10 of voting for the Nationwide League MVP for 5 straight seasons with the Reds, from 1972 to 1976.
Morgan began his profession with the Houston Astros (then the Colt .45s) earlier than the membership traded him to the Reds on the finish of the 1971 season. A two-time World Collection champion with Cincinnati, Morgan hit .259/.364/.296 with three RBI to assist the Reds beat the Crimson Sox in seven video games within the 1975 World Collection. In Sport 7, Morgan’s two-out, go forward RBI single was pivotal in serving to the Reds win their first World Collection in 35 years. Morgan helped the membership defend its title within the 1976 World Collection towards the Yankees the place he hit .333/.412/.733 in 4 video games.
His time with the Reds ranks him second in on-base share (.415) on the franchise leaderboard. Morgan additionally ranks within the top-five on the Reds all-time report for on-base plus slugging (.885) and stolen bases (406). Morgan additionally completed his baseball profession with 10 All-Star appearances and 5 Gold Glove Awards. The Reds retired Morgan’s uniform No. 8 in 1987.
“Joe wasn’t simply the perfect second baseman in baseball historical past, he was the perfect participant I ever noticed and among the best folks I’ve ever recognized,” Corridor of Famer and Reds teammate Johnny Bench stated in a press release. “He was a devoted father and husband and a day will not go by that I will not take into consideration his knowledge and friendship. He left the world a greater, fairer, and extra equal place than he discovered it, and impressed hundreds of thousands alongside the way in which.”
Following his retirement from baseball, Morgan grew to become the colour commentator on ESPN’s Sunday Night time Baseball.
Morgan was elected to the Nationwide Baseball Corridor of Fame and Museum in 1990.
“Joe was one-of-a-kind,” his spouse Theresa stated in a press release. “Each on and off the sector, he fought for what he believed in and devoted himself to serving to others rise and thrive. His instance will encourage folks for many years to return.”
The Reds issued the next assertion on Monday:
“The Reds household is heartbroken. Joe was an enormous within the recreation and was adored by the followers on this metropolis,” Castellini stated. “He had a lifelong loyalty and dedication to this group that prolonged to our present group and entrance workplace employees. As a cornerstone on one of many biggest groups in baseball historical past, his contributions to this franchise will dwell without end. Our hearts ache for his Large Crimson Machine teammates.”
“Main League Baseball is deeply saddened by the dying of Joe Morgan, among the best five-tool gamers our recreation has ever recognized and a logo of all-around excellence,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred stated in a press release.
“Joe usually reminded baseball followers that the participant smallest in stature on the sector could possibly be probably the most impactful. On a Large Crimson Machine roster stocked with greats, Joe earned Nationwide League MVP honors throughout each of Cincinnati’s World Collection Championship seasons of 1975 and 1976. … Those that knew him – whether or not as a Sunday Night time Baseball broadcaster, a Corridor of Fame board member or just as one of many legends of our Nationwide Pastime – are all the higher for it.”
Morgan is the sixth Corridor of Famer to die this yr. The baseball world additionally misplaced Tom Seaver, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock and Al Kaline in 2020.