Big Red Machine Legend Joe Morgan Passes Away at 77

Big Red Machine Legend Joe Morgan Passes Away at 77

by October 12, 2020 1 comment

Major League Baseball Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan passed away Sunday at the age of 77. He was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 1990, his first appearance on the ballot. He was a staple on the Big Red Machine throughout the 1970s, and won two World Series Championships in 1975 and 1976.

“One of the best five-tool players our game has ever known and a symbol of all-around excellence. Joe often reminded baseball fans that the player smallest in stature on the field could be the most impactful.”

-Rob Manfred, MLB Commissioner

Bigger Than His Stature

“Little Joe” was also a two-time National League Most Valuable Player. His recognitions coincided with the seasons in which he earned a World Series ring. Morgan was a 10-time All-Star (including eight straight with Cincinnati) over his 22-year playing career. He compiled 2,517 hits alongside 268 home runs and 689 stolen bases.

“The Reds family is heartbroken, Joe was a giant in the game and was adored by the fans in this city.”

-Reds CEO Bob Castellini

Prior to becoming a Red via trade after the 1971 season, Morgan also played nine seasons for the Houston Colt .45s/Astros. He made his major league debut on Sept. 21, 1963, two days after his 20th birthday.

Following his years with the Reds, Morgan signed with the Astros again in free agency following the 1979 season. He also spent time playing for the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Oakland Athletics. After his playing career, Morgan entered the broadcast booth at ESPN and was also involved in supporting youth baseball programs around the United States.

The Reds and all of Baseball lost a legend. Our condolences go out to Mr. Morgan’s family and friends. RIP Little Joe. You were bigger than you know.

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