CINCINNATI (AP) — Joe Morgan, the Hall of Fame next baseman who turned the sparkplug of the Massive Red Machine and the prototype for baseball’s synthetic turf era, has died. He was 77.
He died at his household Sunday in Danville, California, a household spokesman explained Monday. Morgan was struggling from a nerve condition, a form of polyneuropathy.
Morgan’s demise marked the most up-to-date amid important league greats this year: Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Tom Seaver and Al Kaline.
Morgan was a two-time NL Most Useful Participant, a 10-time All-Star and won five Gold Gloves. The 5-foot-7 dynamo recognised for flapping his remaining elbow at the plate could hit a residence operate, steal a foundation and disrupt any game with his daring.
Most of all, he accomplished Cincinnati’s two-time Planet Sequence championship group, driving a club showcasing the likes of Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Perez to again-to-again titles.
Morgan’s tiebreaking solitary with two outs in the ninth inning of Recreation 7 in 1975 gave the Reds the crown in a vintage matchup with Boston, and he spurred a four-match sweep of the Yankees the next period.
In a 22-year vocation by means of 1984, Morgan scored 1,650 operates, stole 689 bases, strike 268 homers and batted .271. But those people stats barely reflected the force he created in getting, to numerous, the biggest next baseman in the game’s record.
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