Joe Morgan Wiki – Joe Morgan Biography
Joe Morgan was an American professional baseball second baseman who played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Oakland Athletics from 1963 to 1984.
Morgan was a standout baseball player at Castlemont High School. He played college baseball at Oakland City College before being signed by the Houston Colt .45s as an amateur free agent in 1962. He established himself as a Major Leaguer in Houston with the Colt .45s, later renamed the Astros, from 1963-71. He was a two-time All-Star and finished second in NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1965 for Houston. On Nov. 29, 1971, Morgan, along with Jack Billingham, Cesar Geronimo, Denis Menke and Ed Armbrister, was traded to Cincinnati for Lee May, Tommy Helms and Jimmy Stewart.
Morgan played in four World Series and helped the club win back-to-back championships in 1975-76, during which he had a combined .456 on-base percentage and .997 OPS. He was the NL’s Most Valuable Player in both of those title seasons, delivering two game-winning hits in the ’75 World Series.
After the Big Red Machine was broken up in the late ’70s, Morgan returned to the Astros as a free agent in 1980 for one season in 1980, helping his original club win the NL West. His final four seasons were spent with the Giants, Phillies and A’s and he finished with the most career home runs by a second baseman at the time (he’s now ranked fourth all-time). Among second basemen, he leads all-time in plate appearances (11,069), stolen bases (678) and runs scored (1,625).
Morgan batted .271/.392/.427 with 268 home runs, 1,133 RBIs, 689 steals and 1,650 runs in his big league career. He was a National League All-Star in eight straight seasons from 1972-79, all while with the Reds.
He was the lead baseball analyst on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball telecasts from 1989-2010. After leaving ESPN, he returned to the Reds in 2010 as a senior advisor to baseball operations while also taking on a role in community relations.
Joe Morgan Age
Joe Morgan was born on September 19, 1943, in Bonham, Texas. He died on October 11, 2020, in Danville, California. He was 77.
Joe Morgan married his first wife Gloria Stewart on April 3, 1967. The couple divorced in the 1980s. They had two children. He married his second wife Theresa Behymer in 1990. They had twins in 1991.
Joe Morgan Children – Joe Morgan Daughters
Joe Morgan had four daughters: Lisa Morgan, Ashley Morgan, Angela Morgan, and Kelly Morgan.
Joe Morgan was the oldest of six children.
In 2015, Joe Morgan was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome, which developed into leukemia. He received a bone marrow transplant from one of his daughters. He suffered from a non-specified polyneuropathy in the time leading up to his death.
Joe Morgan Death
Joe Morgan died on October 11, 2020, at his home in Danville, California. He was 77. Family spokesman James Davis confirmed his death in a statement.
MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement: “Major League Baseball is deeply saddened by the death of Joe Morgan, one of the best five-tool players our game has ever known and a symbol of all-around excellence. Joe often reminded baseball fans that the player smallest in stature on the field could be the most impactful.”
Reds CEO Bob Castellini said in a statement: “The Reds family is heartbroken. Joe was a giant in the game and was adored by the fans in this city. 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. Our hearts ache for his Big Red Machine teammates.”
Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig said: “Along with baseball fans everywhere, I am terribly saddened by the passing of Hall of Famer Joe Morgan. Joe was great in so many ways. He was a great player. He was a great representative of the game. And from a personal standpoint, he was a great friend. My wife, Sue, and I will miss him, and we send our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.”
Morgan is the sixth Hall of Famer to pass away in 2020. The others are Tom Seaver, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, and Al Kaline.
Cause of Death
Joe Morgan died of non-specified polyneuropathy, according to his family
Joe Morgan’s net worth was estimated to be $6 million.