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Joe Morgan

Class of 1987

Pitchers don't mind me stealing a base or driving in a run with a single or double. But I see it in their eyes when I'm circling the bases on a home run. They don't like a little man taking them downtown.

- Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan was born in Bonham, Texas, in 1943, and he made his Major League debut with the Houston Colt .45's in 1963. In November of 1971, Morgan was traded to the Reds in exchange for Lee May, Tommy Helms, and Jimmy Stewart. Along with Morgan, the Reds also received pitcher Jack Billingham, outfielders Cesar Geronimo and Ed Armbrister, and infielder Dennis Menke. After the deal was done, Sparky Anderson told Reds General Manager Bob Howsam, "You just won the pennant for the Cincinnati Reds." Sparky was right. Morgan was the All-Star MVP for the NL Champion Reds in 1972, leading the league in runs scored, walks, and on-base percentage.

Morgan was an All-Star in each of his eight seasons with Cincinnati, and he was a five-time Gold Glove winner at second base. He would go on to win back-to-back NL MVP Awards in 1975 and 1976, posting a career high batting average of .327 in 1975 and a career-high home run and RBI total in 1976 (27 and 111, respectively). After the 1979 season, Joe Morgan left the Reds as a free agent and went on to play five more seasons in the Majors. Morgan was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1987, and he was enshrined in Cooperstown in 1990. The Reds retired his No. 8 in 1998.

Joe Leonard Morgan
Bats:
Left
Throws:
Right
Height:
5' 7"
Weight:
160
Born:
September 19, 1943, Bonham, Texas
High School:
Castlemont High (Oakland, CA)
How Acquired:
Traded from Houston Astros to Cincinnati Reds in eight-player deal on November 29, 1971
Debut:
September 21, 1963 vs. Philadelphia Phillies
Final Game:
September 30, 1984 vs. Kansas City Royals
Inducted
into the Hall of Fame the BBWAA in 1990 (363/444 ballots)
Inducted
into the Reds Hall of Fame 1987
Jersey Number Retired
(8) by the Cincinnati Reds in 1998
Reds Career Statistics
Career Statistics for Joe Morgan
G AB R H TB 2B 3B HR RBI BB IBB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG OPS
1154 4008 816 1155 1885 220 27 152 612 881 39 410 406 84 .288 .415 .470 .885
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