Joe Morgan who was part of the Big Red machine of the 1970’s for the Reds passed away Monday October 12th at the age of 77. USA Today’s Bob Nighengale reported the death first.
Morgan was a ten time all star during his playing days and won two world series with the Reds. He started his playing career in Houston with the Colt 45’s/Astros in 1963. In 1971 he was dealt to the Reds in a blockbuster trade and Cincinnati is where ‘little Joe” found his success. While helping the Reds win a pair of World Series he earned two MVP awards in 1975 and 1976.
Morgan along with being a ten time All Star won five Gold Gloves and the Silver Slugger in 1982. He is considered by many as the greatest second baseman to ever play.
In 21 seasons he had a career average of .271 with 2517 hits, He ranks 99th all time in hits. He had 268 Home Runs and 1133 RBI. He was deceptively fast as he finished his career with 689 stolen bases which ranks 11th all time. He finished his career with an outstanding .981 fielding percentage.
It’s been a tough year for baseball fans as in the past few months we’ve lost Al Kaline, Tom Seaver, Lou Brock, Whitey Ford, and now Little Joe.