54 Facts About Joe Morgan

1. Joe Morgan was an avid player of "Army Ball", a three player variant of stickball.

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2. Joe Morgan was an avid player of "Army Ball", a three player variant of stickball.

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3. Joe Morgan was an avid player of "Army Ball", a three player variant of stickball.

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4. Joe Morgan is 43 while Palesa is 26; but both of them seem to be okay with this.

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5. Joe Morgan was an avid player of "Army Ball", a three player variant of stickball.

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6. Joe Morgan was an avid player of "Army Ball", a three player variant of stickball.

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7. Joe Morgan was an avid player of "Army Ball", a three player variant of stickball.

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8. Joe Morgan was an avid player of "Army Ball", a three player variant of stickball.

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9. Joe Morgan was thrilled that he got to share one of the grandest moments in Giants history with Frank Robinson.

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10. Joe Morgan made an immediate impact on the Big Red Machine line-up, hitting.

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11. In 1990, Joe Morgan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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12. Joe Morgan won the Gold Glove Award five times in a row, In 1982, he won the BL Comeback Player of the Year award.

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13. Joe Morgan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

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14. Joe Morgan spent 1980 back with Houston, then two years with the San Francisco Giants.

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15. Joe Morgan was traded from Houston Astros to the Cincinnati Reds in November 1971.

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16. Joe Morgan was born in Bonham, Texas on the 19 September 1943 to Ollie and Leonard Morgan.

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17. Joe Morgan serves as a special adviser to the Reds organization and a vice chairman on the Hall of Fame board of directors.

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18. Joe Morgan became a broadcaster for the Reds in 1985, before moving to the Giants booth for nine seasons.

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19. Joe Morgan became a broadcaster after his playing career ended in 1984, and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

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20. Joe Morgan is the lead baseball color commentator on ESPN baseball broadcasts.

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21. Joe Morgan lives in California with his wife, Theresa, and their daughters, Ashley and Kelly.

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22. In 1990, in his first year of eligibility, Joe Morgan was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame, only the seventh second baseman to be enshrined and the first in almost thirty years.

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23. Joe Morgan advanced quickly through the minors, from the instructional league in Moultree Georgia, to the Modesto Reds, to the Durham (South Carolina) Bulls.

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24. Joe Morgan was concerned that once Joe Morgan left college to play ball he would never return.

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25. Joe Morgan was nonetheless delighted by the chance to play big league ball.

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26. Joe Morgan was already showing a knack for playing on successful teams.

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27. Joe Morgan was an avid player of "Army Ball", a three player variant of stickball.

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28. Joe Morgan was that rarest of combinations: a five-time Gold Glove second baseman who could hit for average and power, and one of the premier base stealers of his era.

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29. Joe Morgan was the heart and soul of the Big Red Machine, the Cincinnati Reds team of the 1970s that some baseball observers consider the greatest team of all times.

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30. Joe Morgan signed on with his old team, the Houston Astros and tried to turn the attitudes and performance of the young team around.

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31. Joe Morgan was named Most Valuable Player in the National League in both 1975, when he hit.

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32. In 1965, Joe Morgan skipped over Triple-A ball and joined the big leagues, playing for the Houston Colt 45s in their new ballpark, the Houston Astrodome.

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33. Joe Morgan began his minor league instruction in Moultree, Georgia, and within a month was sent to the Durham Bulls in the Carolina League.

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34. Joe Morgan had a good high school career, but no offers came from professional baseball.

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35. Joe Morgan had spent a previous stint with NBC calling regional Game of the Week telecasts alongside Bob Carpenter.

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36. In 1989, Joe Morgan teamed with Brent Musburger to call the championship game of the College World Series for CBS.

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37. Joe Morgan added one more local gig when he joined the Oakland Athletics' broadcasting team for the 1995 season.

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38. Joe Morgan started his broadcasting career in 1985 for the Cincinnati Reds.

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39. Joe Morgan currently serves as a member of the board of the Baseball Assistance Team, a 50(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping former Major League, Minor League, and Negro League players through financial and medical hardships.

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40. In 1999 Joe Morgan ranked Number 60 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

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41. Joe Morgan threw out the first pitch at the Reds' first spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 5, 2010.

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42. Joe Morgan won the 1982 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership.

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43. Joe Morgan went to the San Francisco Giants for the next two seasons.

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44. Joe Morgan was the first second baseman in the history of the National League to win the MVP back to back.

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45. Joe Morgan made eight consecutive All-Star Game appearances to go along with his 1966 and 1970 appearances with Houston.

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46. Joe Morgan added home run power, not always displayed with the Astros in the cavernous Astrodome, outstanding speed and excellent defense.

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47. Joe Morgan joined leadoff hitter Pete Rose as prolific catalysts at the top of the Reds' lineup.

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48. On June 25, 1966, Joe Morgan was struck on the kneecap by a line drive during batting practice.

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49. Joe Morgan made the All Star Team twice during this period, in 1966 and 1970.

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50. Early in his career, Joe Morgan had trouble with his swing because he kept his back elbow down too low.

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51. Joe Morgan was a standout at Castlemont High School before being signed by the Houston Colt.

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52. Joe Morgan is currently a special adviser to the Reds.

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53. Joe Morgan became a baseball broadcaster for ESPN after his retirement, and now hosts a weekly nationally syndicated radio show for Sports USA.

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54. Joe Morgan won two World Series championships with the Reds in 1975 and 1976 and was named the National League Most Valuable Player in those years.

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