Cincinnati Reds Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan Dead at 77

by Evan Reier
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Another baseball legend is no longer with us. Joe Morgan has passed away at the age of 77.

Just three days after the passing of New York Yankees legend Whitey Ford, Cincinnati Reds Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan is gone, per USA Today’s Joe Nightengale.

Morgan is best known for his play at second base during the Reds’ glory days in the 1970s. Winning back-to-back World Series titles in 1975 and 1976, he will go down as one of Cincinnati’s all-time greats.

The era of Reds baseball is still referred to as the “Big Red Machine,” as Cincinnati churned out success and talent. Alongside Pete Rose and Tony Perez, Morgan was a cornerstone of the Reds’ prolonged success in the 1970s.

Further, the former second-baseman was named the National League MVP in both of the 1975 and 1976 campaigns. In addition to those two honors, the Bonham, Texas-born player was named an All-Star 10 times and added two Golden Gloves to boot. Morgan’s No. 8 jersey was retired by the Reds in 1989.

Besides playing for the Reds, the 1990 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductee spent time with four other MLB teams over a 22-year career. Morgan retired in 1984 after solidifying himself as one of the all-time great second basemen. He was named a member of the Reds’ Hall of Fame as well as the Houston Astros’ Hall of Fame.

Morgan and Life After Playing Days

After hanging up the spikes, the Reds legend took to the booth. Starting out with his favored team, Morgan began his broadcast career with Cincinnati. However, his longest run in any booth was as an announcer for the San Francisco Giants, sticking around for nine years.

Morgan jumped to national coverage in the mid-1990s, eventually joining Bob Costas and Bob Uecker for NBC. Morgan called three World Series, in 1995, 1997, and 1999.

The former second baseman finished his major broadcasting career with ESPN. Morgan’s final career in baseball was a return to the Reds as an advisor in 2010.

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