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Joe Morgan, Cincinnati Reds second baseman and heart of 1970s ‘Big Red Machine,’ dies at 77 by David K. Li

Joe Morgan, the diminutive powerhouse who led Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” run of the mid-1970s, has died, a family spokesman told The Associated Press. He was 77.Morgan died at his home in Danville, California, a suburb of San Francisco, on Sunday,the family spokesman said.The Oakland native was named National League MVP in 1975 and 1976, leading Cincinnati to World Series titles in both those seasons.He was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1990, following a 22-season career with the Houston Colt .45s, Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland A’s.The 10-time All-Star Game selection was an all-around offensive force, smacking 268 home runs and stealing 689 bases. He also had a keen eye at the plate, forcing pitchers to walk him 1,865 times, which boosted his career on-base percentage to .392.Morgan was also a wizard on defense, winning five Gold Glove awards as his league’s best fielding second baseman.Morgan’s death comes less than a week following the passing of Hall of Fame New York Yankees pitcher Whitey Ford at age 91.This is a developing story, please refresh here for updates.

Joe Morgan, the diminutive powerhouse second baseman who led Cincinnati’s “Big Red Machine” run of the mid-1970s, has died, a family spokesman and the team said Monday.

He was 77.

Morgan died Sunday at his home in Danville, a suburb of San Francisco, according to the family spokesman.

The family said Monday that Morgan died from nonspecified polyneuropathy, or nerve damage. In 2015, Morgan was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a form of bone cancer, which would lead him to have a bone marrow transplant a year later from his daughter Angela.

“The Reds family is heartbroken,” Red CEO Bob Castellini said in a statement. “Joe was a giant in the game and was adored by the fans in this city.”

Morgan, a native of Oakland, California, was named National League MVP in 1975 and 1976, leading Cincinnati to World Series titles both years.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine eulogized Morgan as “the greatest second baseman of all time” and a “gracious and genuinely nice person.”

“He was a player who mastered every detail of the game,” DeWine said in a statement. “We saw him play many times with our older children — Pat, Jill, Becky, and John. It was a thrill to watch him!”

Morgan was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1990 after a 22-season career with the Houston Colt .45s, the Reds, the San Francisco Giants, the Philadelphia Phillies and the Oakland A’s. To read more go to the link below:

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/sports/joe-morgan-cincinnati-reds-second-baseman-heart-1970s-big-red-n1242949

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