Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan passes away
|Monday, October 12, 2020, 10:31 AM- -|
Terrible news to report today.
Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan has passed away at the age of 77.
During his 22-year standout playing career, he batted .271 with 2517 hits, 268 homers, 689 stolen bases, and 1133 RBIs. He was a 10-time All-Star, two-time World Series Champion, 2-time National League MVP, five-time Gold Glove Award winner, and Silver Slugger Award winner.
Statistically, Morgan ranked fourth all-time among second basemen with a career 100.5 bWAR, behind only Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins, and Nap Lajoie.
Former teammate Johnny Bench released the following heartfelt statement after hearing of Morgan's passing.
"Joe wasn’t just the best second baseman in baseball history, he was the best player I ever saw and one of the best people I’ve ever known."
Morgan will never be forgotten as a baseball great as he is already in the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Astros Hall of Fame, and the Reds Hall of Fame with his number already retired by them (No. 8).
The baseball world also lost Hall-of-Famer Whitey Ford with his passing on Friday at the age of 91.
CubsHQ would like to give out our prayers and best wishes to the family and friends of Joe Morgan.
Reds legend and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan has passed away at the age of 77 pic.twitter.com/g4R3Gsoidz— Baseball Quotes (@BaseballQuotes1) October 12, 2020
This pair will forever be a piece of my childhood love affair with Wrigley.— Charlie Clifford (@cliffWISH8) October 12, 2020
Unmatched energy and excitement.
Unforgettable Sunday Nights.
Rest easy, Hall of Famer, Joe Morgan. pic.twitter.com/MlZ7EA87XP
RIP Joe Morgan. ?? pic.twitter.com/9I4mYO78rJ— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) October 12, 2020
RIP Joe, one of the ALL-TIME greats. He gave back so much to the game he loved. https://t.co/RwCFsF5gI3— Len Kasper (@LenKasper) October 12, 2020
RIP Joe Morgan. Al Kaline, Tom Seaver, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Whitey Ford and now Joe. The loss of each is absolutely crushing.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) October 12, 2020
There was no Big Red Machine without Joe Morgan. pic.twitter.com/BI5h0GWbtR— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) October 12, 2020