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Hall Of Famer Joe Morgan Dies At 77

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The baseball world has lost its sixth Hall of Famer in 2020 and the fifth in five weeks, as Joe Morgan has passed away at 77. Morgan spent 22 years in Major League Baseball. He then enjoyed a broadcasting career that lasted from 1985 to 2010, when he took a role with the Cincinnati Reds organization. Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990, Morgan was a two-time World Series champion and won back-to-back MVPs in 1975 and 1976 with the “Big Red Machine” in Cincinnati.

Johnny Bench issued a statement in which he praised his beloved teammate for the life he lived. 

“Joe wasn’t just the best second baseman in baseball history, he was the best player I ever saw and one of the best people I’ve ever known,” Bench said. 

“He was a dedicated father and husband and a day won’t go by that I won’t think about his wisdom and friendship. He left the world a better, fairer, and more equal place than he found it, and inspired millions along the way.” 

As Bench notes, the 5’7 Morgan is widely considered to be the best second baseman ever to play the game. He won five consecutive Gold Glove awards and was voted to 10 all-star teams.

In 1990, Morgan not only entered the Hall of Fame, but he also received his college diploma.

“The reason the college took so long was that when I graduated from high school, I was offered a pro contract,” said Morgan. “My father wanted me to take it. My mother wanted me to get an education. I said to her, ‘If you let me sign, I promise I’ll get the degree.’ I had thought my mother had forgotten about my promise.”

Morgan is survived by his wife, Theresa, their daughters Kelly and Ashley, and daughters Lisa and Angela from Morgan’s first marriage.

The Baseball Hall of Fame has lost Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Tom Seaver, Al Kaline and now Morgan in 2020.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. Jon Miller and Joe Morgan were, bar none, the best baseball announcing team I’ve ever seen. Jon Miller had the perfect mix of lighthearted commentary and information that added to the tapestry of the game, and Joe Morgan just nailed the strategy aspects that were going on in the background, without coming off as smarmy. Humility is generally not a quality one associates with ex-professional athletes, but Joe Morgan came off as supremely humble, smart, and funny. He will certainly be missed. I bet ESPN really misses having those two…

  2. Jon Miller and Joe Morgan were the best baseball voices of all time. And that’s a deep list.

    Joe was so good at explaining what’s going on in a smooth Professor like way. His transition from player to analyst made you forget he played.

    Reminds me of Frank Gifford and MNF. RIP Joe. 🙏

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