CINCINNATI — Beloved member of the Big Red Machine, Baseball Hall-of-Famer, and well-known broadcaster Joe Morgan has died at the age of 77.
Morgan played second base during the Cincinnati Reds' dominate runs during the 1970s, known as The Big Red Machine, and won two World Series titles in 1975 and 1976. In both those years, Morgan was named National League MVP.
He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1987 and had his number 8 retired the same year. Morgan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.
In retirement, Morgan was a broadcaster notably with the Reds and ESPN. Morgan served as the analyst with ESPN’s weekly nationally televised broadcast “Sunday Night Baseball.”
“The Reds family is heartbroken. Joe was a giant in the game and was adored by the fans in this city,” Reds CEO Bob Castellini said in the franchise’s statement.
“He had a lifelong loyalty and dedication to this organization that extended to our current team and front office staff. As a cornerstone on one of the greatest teams in baseball history, his contributions to this franchise will live forever.”
Morgan was also involved in a business venture in the Miami Valley as co-owner of a Honda dealership that bears his name in Monroe.
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