Monday, October 12, 2020

Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds second baseman and heart of 1970s' 'Big Red Machine,' dies at 77

 Morgan died at his home in Danville, a suburb of San Francisco, on Sunday,according to the family spokesman.

The family on Monday said Morgan died from non-specified polyneuropathy, or nerve damage. Back in 2015, Morgan was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a form of bone cancer, that would lead him to have a bone marrow transplant a year later — from his daughter Angela.

"The Reds family is heartbroken," Red CEO Bob Castellini said in a statement. "Joe was a giant in the game and was adored by the fans in this city."

The Oakland native was named National League MVP in 1975 and 1976, leading Cincinnati to World Series titles in both those seasons.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine eulogized Morgan as "the greatest second baseman of all time" and a "gracious and genuinely nice person."

"He was a player who mastered every detail of the game," DeWine said in a statement. "We saw him play many times with our older children — Pat, Jill, Becky, and John. It was a thrill to watch him!"

Morgan was inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame in 1990, following a 22-season career with the Houston Colt .45s, Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland A's.


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