2020-10-12 15:16:25 UTC
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - A beloved member of the Big Red Machine and hall of famer Joe Morgan has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 77.
He was the second baseman of the renowned team, who helped the franchise to two World Series Championships in 1975 and 1976. He was named the National League Most Valuable Player in each of those years. Morgan also was a 10-time All-Star and five-time Gold Glove winner.
"The Little General" had a 22-year MLB career that began in 1963 with the Houston Colt .45s but joined Cincinnati before the 1972 season as part of an eight-player trade.
Morgan left the Reds after the 1979 season and spent some time with the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland A’s.
With the Reds, Morgan played 1154 games and collected 1155 hits. He batted .288 with 152 HR and 612 RBI.
For his career, Morgan played in 2649 games and had 2517 hits, 268 HR and 1133 RBI to go along with 689 stolen bases.
Earlier in 2020 MLB.com ranked Morgan's 1976 season as the second-best all-time among major league second baseman.
Morgan was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.
After he retired, he became a broadcaster for the Reds and ESPN.
It's the second time in less than a week that Major League Baseball has lost a legend. On Friday, the New York Yankees announced Whitey Ford died at age 91.