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Joe Morgan (1943–2020), Hall of Fame second baseman

by Kirk Fox

Joe Morgan was a legendary second baseman known best for his time with the Cincinnati Reds, where he helped the club win two World Series titles. 

  • Died: Sunday, October 11, 2020 (Who else died on October 11?)  
  • Details of Death: Died at the age of 77, according to his family.  
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Cincinnati Reds Legend 

Joe Morgan played second base in the majors with many teams during a long career, but he is best known for winning two World Series titles with the Cincinnati Reds in 1975 and 1976. Affectionately called “The Big Red Machine,” the legendary team featured stars Morgan, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Ken Griffey, Tony Perez, and Dave Concepcion. Morgan, who won the NL MVP award both years the Reds won the championship, was known for his unusual habit of pumping his back elbow up and down when hitting. He did this to make sure to not drop his elbow at the plate. Morgan also played with Houston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, and Oakland. He was a 10-time All-Star and first ballot Hall of Fame selection in 1990. After his playing career, he was a popular TV analyst for baseball on ABC, NBC, and ESPN.

What they said about him

Full Obituary: Cincinnati Enquirer


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