Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan dies at 77

Joe Morgan of the Cincinnati Reds poses for an MLB season portrait at an unknown location. Joe Morgan played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1972-1979. (Photo by MLB via Getty Images)

America – Hall of Famer and twice World Series champion Joe Morgan, considered one of baseball’s greatest second basemen, died on Sunday at the age of 77 after battling a nerve condition, his former team, the Cincinnati Reds, announced on Monday.

Morgan played for five different Major League teams and won the World Series with the Reds in 1975 and 1976. He also won the National League Most Valuable Player award with the team known as the “Big Red Machine” in both those seasons.

After a 22-year career, in which he hit 268 home runs, recorded 1,133 runs batted in, and stole 689 bases, Morgan embarked on a career in broadcasting.

“Joe was a close friend and an adviser to me, and I welcomed his perspective on numerous issues in recent years. He was a true gentleman who cared about our game and the values for which it stands,” Manfred continued.

“Those who knew him – whether as a Sunday Night Baseball broadcaster, a Hall of Fame board member, or simply as one of the legends of our National Pastime – are all the better for it.”

A 10-time All-Star, Morgan also collected five consecutive Gold Glove awards for his outstanding defensive play at second base with the Reds between 1973 and 1977.

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