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Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, a key member of the Cincinnati Reds‘ famed “Big Red Machine,” died Sunday. He was 77.
Morgan died at his home in California on Sunday, a family spokesman told the Associated Press on Monday.
He had struggled with various health issues in recent years including a nerve condition, a form of polyneuropathy.
Morgan was a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, a 10-time All-Star and a five-time Gold Glove Award winner. He is widely regarded as one of the best second basemen in baseball history and also gained renown for his 25-plus years as a broadcaster after his playing career.
Morgan spent the majority of his 22-year career with the Reds and the Houston Astros franchise. Along with Pete Rose and fellow Hall of Famers Johnny Bench and Tony Perez, Morgan helped the Reds win back-to-back World Series championships in 1975 and 1976. Cincinnati also reached the World Series in 1972, Morgan’s first year with the Reds.
Morgan was the NL MVP in 1975 and 1976 and also was named an All-Star in each of his eight seasons with the Reds. He was a .271 career hitter with 268 home runs, 1,133 RBIs, 1,650 runs scored and 689 stolen bases, 11th-most in baseball history.
Morgan first played in the majors in 1963, when the Astros were the Houston Colt .45’s. He was traded to Cincinnati in November, 1971 as part of an eight-player deal and played the next eight