Corridor of Famer, Large Purple Machine second baseman Joe Morgan dies at 77

Hall of Famer, Big Red Machine second baseman Joe Morgan dies at 77

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Joe Morgan Passes at 77

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Baseball Corridor of Famer Joe Morgan died Sunday at his dwelling in California as a result of a non-specified polyneuropathy, his household introduced. He was 77. 

Morgan performed 22 seasons within the massive leagues from 1963-1984. Though he started his profession with the Houston Astros after they had been often known as the Colt .45s, he is best-known for his years as a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Large Purple Machine” groups of the Seventies. 

It was in Cincinnati that he received back-to-back MVP titles (1975-76) in the course of the Reds’ consecutive championships. Between the 2 seasons, Morgan hit 44 dwelling runs and batted .324 with a .997 OPS, whereas stealing 127 bases over these two years. As one of many sport’s all-time second basemen, Morgan captured 5 consecutive Gold Glove titles (1973-77) and he made 10 All-Star groups all through his profession. 

Born in Texas however raised in California, Morgan spent the primary 9 seasons of his profession with the Astros. The left-handed hitter completed second within the 1965 Rookie of the 12 months balloting and made his first All-Star staff the subsequent season. He’d make yet another Midsummer Basic (1970) earlier than the highlights of his profession with the Reds; Cincinnati unveiled a statue of Morgan at Nice American Ballpark for his accomplishments in 2013. 

“Joe wasn’t simply the perfect second baseman in baseball historical past, he was the perfect participant I ever noticed and top-of-the-line folks I’ve ever identified,” Corridor of Fame catcher and Reds teammate Johnny Bench stated in an announcement through the Morgan household. “He was a devoted father and husband and a day received’t go by that I received’t 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 best way.”

He was an All-Star every season he performed for the Reds, and when he left Cincinnati after the 1979 season, he rejoined Houston for the 1980 marketing campaign. He then spent two seasons with the San Francisco Giants, one with the Philadelphia Phillies and one with the Oakland Athletics in 1984 earlier than calling it a profession. 

Morgan retired with a .271 lifetime batting common, 2,517 hits, 1,133 RBI and 1,865 walks, main the Nationwide League 4 occasions. He was inducted into the Baseball Corridor of Fame in 1990 and can be a member of each the Reds and Astros staff Corridor of Fames. His profession bWAR of 100.5 ranks fourth all-time amongst second basemen. 

Nearly instantly after his taking part in profession, Morgan made the transition from the sector to the printed sales space, first at ABC after which alongside Bob Costas at NBC. From 1990-2010, viewers knew him as the colour commentator on ESPN’s “Sunday Night time Baseball” telecasts with play-by-play associate Jon Miller. His commentary received a Sports activities Emmy for “Excellent Sports activities Persona” and his voice was used on the now-defunct MLB 2K video video games. 

Morgan is the fifth Baseball Corridor of Fame member to die since Sept. 2: Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson, Whitey Ford and Lou Brock have all since handed. A sixth Corridor of Famer, Al Kaline, handed earlier this yr. 

“Joe was one-of-a-kind,” his spouse of 30 years Theresa stated in an announcement from the household. “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.”

Morgan is survived by 4 daughters: twins Kelly and Ashley from his marriage to Theresa Morgan, and Lisa and Angela from his first marriage. 

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