EbeneNews – CA – Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan dies at 77


    Joe Morgan, Hall of Fame considered one of the best second basemen of all time, has died at 77 A spokesperson for the Morgan family told The Associated Press that he died at his home in Danville, Calif., And suffered from a nervous illness

    Morgan had a 22-year career and played for five different teams, but is best known as one of the main drivers of the Cincinnati Reds Big Red Machine in the 1970s He spent eight seasons with the Reds, making the playoffs five times and winning the World Series twice

    Morgan, whose 5-foot-7 stature earned him the nickname « Little Joe », did not find immediate success Signed by the Houston Astros (then Colt 45s) in 1962, he finished second in the 1965 Rookie of the Year vote (two seasons after his 1963 debut), but struggled with consistency and power while playing in the massive Astrodome

    Once the Astros traded him to the Reds after the 1971 season, and he was finally released from the Astrodome, he and his trademark elbow flap began to bloom on the plate. He hits 288/415/470 over eight seasons for the Reds, winning a nod in every season He finished in the top 10 MVP votes in five seasons, winning in 1975 and 1976 – the same years the Reds have won the World Series

    Morgan left the Reds after the 1979 season He spent five more years in professional baseball, helping the Astros and Philadelphia Phillies advance to the playoffs Morgan ended his career with his hometown of Oakland A in 1984 Over his 22-year career, Morgan hit 271/392/427 with 2,517 hits, 1,650 runs scored, 268 homers, 689 steals and 1,865 steps He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990

    Morgan’s long and illustrious career in broadcasting began with the Reds the year after his retirement, and did not end until 2010 He called games for the Reds, Giants and A’s He called college baseball games on ESPN and CBS He spent two years calling MLB games on ABC before joining the crew of a whole new ESPN show called « Sunday Night Baseball » Morgan was on that crew, while calling matches with Bob Costas on NBC, until he actually retired from airing in 2010

    The calls for games on ABC and ESPN introduced Morgan to a whole new generation of baseball fans, but they didn’t always agree Morgan, as old school as they come, wasn’t in sabermetry, the burgeoning field of statistical analysis in baseball His curiously diffused tics, along with his resistance to the modernization of baseball, prompted a group of comedy writers to launch « Fire Joe Morgan. » , a website dedicated to baseball journalism

    Morgan partnered with a Cincinnati-area car dealership in 2012 and opened Joe Morgan Honda, which has won numerous local business awards

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    EbeneNews – CA – Joe Morgan, Hall of second baseman Fame, dies at 77

    SOURCE: https://www.w24news.com



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