Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Leonard Morgan, a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine,” died Sunday at the age of 77.
Born on September 19, 1943, Morgan was a two-time World Series champion and two-time National League MVP. He died Sunday at his home in California, according to family spokesman James Davis. He suffered with various health issues in recent years, including a nerve condition, a form of polyneuropathy, according to ESPN.
Known around baseball as “Little Joe,” Morgan is widely regarded as one of the greatest second baseman to ever step on the diamond. In addition to his two championships and two MVP awards, he was a 10-time All-Star and a five-time Gold Glove Award winner. He also spent more than 20 years as a color commentator for various networks including ABC, NBC, and ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball.
“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,” MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. “Joe often reminded baseball fans that the player smallest in stature on the field could be the most impactful.”
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