Born In: Bonham, Texas, United States
Joe Morgan was universally regarded as one of the best second basemen ever to play baseball as he reached the heights of both personal and team success with ‘Cincinnati Reds’. In his early career, he was constantly under-estimated due to his small frame, and hence even professional teams hesitated to sign him. Finally, he signed for ‘Houston Colt .45s’ and made a favourable impression very soon. However, he also had to endure racism during this period which affected him to such an extent that he even considered quitting baseball. However, he persevered and progressed to the major league and became a consistent player for the Astros. But with time, his relationship with then-manager deteriorated and he was eventually sold to ‘Cincinnati Reds’. Here, Morgan was part of a team regarded as one of the best ever in baseball and was a dominant force for almost a decade. Together with other star players like Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez etc., he helped the team win an unprecedented back-to-back ‘World Series Titles’, with Morgan being the ‘Most Valuable Player’ in both the seasons. Morgan himself cemented his credentials as a great second baseman with his powerful hitting and fast but intelligent running. Following his retirement, he was an active baseball broadcaster and continued his association with the game he loved.
Also Known As: Joe Leonard Morgan
Died At Age: 77
Spouse/Ex-: Gloria Morgan (m. ?–1988), Theresa Morgan (m. 1990)
children: Angela Morgan, Ashley Morgan, Kelly Morgan, Lisa Morgan
Born Country: United States
place of death: Danville, California, United States
Cause of Death: Peripheral Neuropathy
Diseases & Disabilities: Myelodysplastic Syndrome, Leukemia
Grouping of People: Black Baseball Players
education: Oakland City College
awards: 1975 - 2× World Series champion
1976 - 2× World Series champion
1973 - 5× Gold Glove Award winner
1974 - 5× Gold Glove Award winner
1975 - 5× Gold Glove Award winner
1976 - 5× Gold Glove Award winner
1977 - 5× Gold Glove Award winner
1982 - Silver Slugger Award winner
1982 - NL Comeback Player of the Year
Joe Morgan married Gloria Morgan in 1967 and had two daughters with her - Angela and Lisa. The marriage ended in divorce in 1988.
In 1988, he was detained by police officers at the ‘Los Angeles International Airport’ and was accused of being a drug dealer. After the police let him go, he wasn’t allowed to file a complaint regarding the grievance. However, a lawsuit regarding the issue was settled a few years later when the ‘Los Angeles City Council’ agreed to pay Morgan $796,000.
He married Theresa Morgan in 1990 and fathered two daughters with her - Ashley and Kelly.
In 2015, he was diagnosed with leukemia.
Joe Morgan died on October 11, 2020, at his home in Danville, California. At the time of his death, he was suffering from a non-specified polyneuropathy.
Joe Morgan had a particular movement associated with him which became well-known among the fans. The movement itself was a pumping of his back arm while waiting for the pitch, making it look like a chicken flapping its wings.
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