CINCINNATI, OHIO, UNITED STATES (OCTOBER 10, 2010)(REUTERS FILE PHOTO-JOHN SOMMERS)
1. CINCINNATI REDS GREAT JOE MORGAN THROWS OUT THE CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH BEFORE THE REDS TAKE ON THE PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES IN GAME 3 OF THE MLB NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES BASEBALL PLAYOFFS.
HOUSTON, TEXAS (AUGUST 3, 2009)(USA TODAY STILL PHOTO-MANDATORY CREDIT THOMAS B. SHEA)
2. JOE MORGAN AT HOUSTON ASTROS HALL OF FAME INDUCTION CEREMONY
COOPERSTOWN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JULY 27, 2017)(USA TODAY STILL PHOTO-MANDATORY CREDIT-GREGORY J. FISHER)
3. JOE MORGAN ARRIVING AT HALL OF FAME CEREMONY
4. JOE MORGAN PRESENTING AWARD AT HALL OF FAME CEREMONY
STORY: Hall of Famer and twice World Series champion Joe Morgan, considered one of baseball's greatest second basemen, died on Sunday (October 11) at the age of 77 after battling a nerve condition, his former team, the Cincinnati Reds, announced on Monday.
Morgan played for five different Major League teams and won the World Series with the Reds in 1975 and 1976. He also won the National League Most Valuable Player award with the team known as the "Big Red Machine" in both those seasons.
After a 22-year career, in which he hit 268 home runs, recorded 1,133 runs batted in and stole 689 bases, Morgan embarked on a career in broadcasting.
"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," commissioner of baseball Robert Manfred Jr said in a statement.
"Joe was a close friend and an adviser to me, and I welcomed his perspective on numerous issues in recent years. He was a true gentleman who cared about our game and the values for which it stands," Manfred continued.
"Those who knew him - whether as a Sunday Night Baseball broadcaster, a Hall of Fame board member or simply as one of the legends of our National Pastime - are all the better for it."
Morgan's MVP awards came after he led the Reds to World Series victories over the Boston Red Sox in 1975 and when they swept the New York Yankees in 1976.
A 10-time All-Star, Morgan also collected five consecutive Gold Glove awards for his outstanding defensive play at second base with the Reds between 1973 and 1977.