Cincinnati Reds legend Joe Morgan has died at the age of 77. Morgan’s family shared that he died Sunday at his home in Danville, Calif. from a non-specified nerve condition.
Morgan, a two-time MVP, two-time World Series champion, Baseball Hall of Famer and 10-time All-Star was born in Bonham, Texas He made his Major League Baseball debut in 1963 for the Houston Colt .45s. Morgan made the All-Star team twice during his 10-year tenure with Houston, and was was traded to the Reds in 1971. He was selected to the National League All-Star Team for eight consecutive seasons from 1972 to 1979. Morgan also won back-to-back National League MVP awards in 1975 and 1976, which led the team to championships in both seasons.
Morgan played alongside Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, Joe Morgan, Dave Concepcion, George Foster, Cesar Geronimo and Ken Griffey Sr., on “the Big Red Machine,” a nickname given to the group of players who made up one of the best teams in MLB history.
Upon his retirement from playing, Morgan went on to work as a Reds TV broadcaster in 1985 and a Giants broadcaster for nine years. He then worked as a commentator for 20 years on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball. He had served a special advisor for the Reds since 2010.
Morgan is survived by his wife, Theresa, and daughters Kelly, Ashley, Lisa and Angela.
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