Joe Morgan was barely 20 years old when he arrived on the major league scene in 1963 with the Houston Colt .45s and within a few short years “Little Joe” was one of the standout 2nd sackers in the National League, and would eventually become one of the greatest at the position in the history of the game. During his 22 year career he totaled 2,517 hits, 268 homeruns, 1133 RBI, 449 doubles, 96 triples, scored 1,650 runs and hit for a .271 avg. He was also one of the greatest base stealers of all-time with an 80% success rate, and his 689 SBs are 11th all-time. His 1,865 walks are 5th best all-time and led to a .392 lifetime OBP. He is best remembered for his arm-flapping stance at the plate and for his seasons as a clutch hitter and catalyst for Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” that won NL pennants in 1972, 75’ & ’76, including World Series Championships in ’75 & ’76. He was also a member of NL Western Division pennant winning teams with the Reds in 1973 & ’79 and Houston in 1980, as well as the 1983 National League Champion, Philadelphia Phillies. He was named NL MVP in both 1975 and 1976. He was selected to the NL All-Star team 10 times (he was awarded the game’s MVP in 1972). He was also an excellent defensive 2nd baseman and earned 5 Gold Gloves. His #8 was retired by the Reds in 1987, and he was elected to Cooperstown by the BBWAA in 1990. After his playing days were over Joe had a long, successful career as a broadcaster with ABC, NBC and ESPN.
July 21, 2012