RIP Joe Morgan (Gregory Fisher - USA Today Sports)
RIP Joe Morgan (Gregory Fisher - USA Today Sports)

Hall-of-Famer Joe Morgan passes away


by - Senior Editor -

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.

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