Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan
Morgan with the Reds
Second baseman
Born: (1943-09-19) September 19, 1943
Bonham, Texas
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 21, 1963, for the Houston Colt .45s
Last MLB appearance
September 30, 1984, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
Batting average .271
Hits 2,517
Home runs 268
Runs batted in 1,133
Stolen bases 689
Career highlights and awards
Member of the National
Baseball Hall of Fame
Inducted 1990
Vote 81.8% (first ballot)

Joe Leonard Morgan (born September 19, 1943) is a former Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. He became a baseball broadcaster for ESPN after his retirement, and now hosts a weekly nationally syndicated radio show for Sports USA. He is currently a special adviser to the Reds.


  • Playing career 1
    • Houston Colt .45s/Astros 1.1
    • Cincinnati Reds 1.2
    • Later career 1.3
    • Legacy 1.4
  • Broadcasting career 2
    • Local gigs and college baseball 2.1
    • ABC Sports 2.2
    • NBC Sports 2.3
    • ESPN 2.4
      • Fire Joe Morgan 2.4.1
    • Video game appearances 2.5
    • Sports USA 2.6
    • Return to the Reds 2.7
  • Career statistics 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Playing career

Born in Castlemont High School before being signed by the Houston Colt .45s as an amateur free agent in 1962.

Houston Colt .45s/Astros

Early in his career, Morgan had trouble with his swing because he kept his back elbow down too low. Teammate [14]

In the wake of Morgan taking an official role with the Cincinnati Reds as a "special adviser to baseball operations", it was announced on November 8, 2010 that Morgan would not be returning for the Bobby Valentine and Dan Shulman, respectively (while ESPN retained Orel Hershiser, who joined the Sunday Night Baseball telecasts in 2010).

Fire Joe Morgan

Morgan's announcing work with ESPN inspired the title of, a sports blog that updated regularly from 2005 to 2008. Considered one of the most influential sports blogs of the decade,[15] the blog criticized sports journalism, particularly in baseball.

Morgan (especially towards the end of his work with ESPN) was accused of often not doing his homework prior to broadcasts and seeing no team as performing better than his own 1975-76 Cincinnati Reds teams. He was also criticized for coming across as dry and humorless, while making statements perceived as aloof and distant,[16][17] despite his partner Jon Miller's efforts to draw him into conversations.

While Morgan himself was a frequent target, the blog was also critical of other opponents of sabermetrics, as well as sports journalists who misstated or misrepresented the concepts of Moneyball.

Video game appearances

He was also a broadcaster in the MLB 2K series from 2K Sports.

Sports USA

It was announced on June 17, 2011, that Morgan would begin a daily, one-hour general-sports-talk radio program, beginning August 22.

“While I’m best known for baseball, I’ve always had a love of all sports,” Morgan said in a statement. “I’m fortunate that my career has allowed me to meet some of the most amazing people, and I have heard so many remarkable stories. With my new show, I am looking forward to sharing these stories, as well as speaking with today’s sports personalities and newsmakers," Morgan concluded. [18]

Return to the Reds

On April 21, 2010, it was announced that Morgan was returning to the Reds in the role of "special adviser to baseball operations." Morgan's role is to work in both baseball and community outreach for the Reds.[19]

Morgan stressed to Marty Brennaman during the April 21 radio broadcast that he will not be involved in trade decisions for the team.

Career statistics

2,649 9,277 1,650 2,517 1,865 449 96 268 1,133 689 162 .271 .392 .427

See also


  1. ^ Jauss, Bill. "Morgan A Tribute To Game's 'Little Men': One Of His Idols Was Nellie Fox," Chicago Tribune (August 5, 1990).
  2. ^ "1966 - Timeline," Astros Daily. Accessed June 25, 2012.
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  4. ^ Neyer, Rob (2006). Rob Neyer's Big Book of Baseball Blunders. Simon & Schuster. p. 193.
  5. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.152, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  6. ^ Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract (New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001), 479–481.
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  9. ^ 1987-09-19 NBC GOW Intro_Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants on YouTube
  10. ^ 1985 10 09 1985 NLCS Game 1 St Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles on YouTube
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External links

  • Joe Morgan Official Website
  • Joe Morgan at the Baseball Hall of Fame
  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • San Francisco Chronicle – Joe Morgan's clutch homer knocked the Dodgers out of the pennant race on the final day of the 1982 season and made the Braves champions.
In 2009,

[13] In his time at ESPN, Morgan was a vocal critic of statistics-based analysis of baseball, including

In 2006, he called the Mets–Dodgers playoff game at Shea Stadium before traveling across town to call the YankeesTigers night game at Yankee Stadium.[12]

In NBC colleague Bob Costas to call two weekday night telecasts for ESPN. The first was on Wednesday, August 25 with Detroit Tigers playing against the Seattle Mariners. The second was on Tuesday, September 21 with the Atlanta Braves playing against the New York Mets.

Morgan was a member of League Championship Series and World Series broadcasts on ESPN Radio.

Morgan in the Baseball Hall of Fame parade in 2011.


Morgan had spent a previous stint (from pregame analyst alongside hosts Dick Enberg (in 1985) and Marv Albert (in 1987).

From American League Championship Series (1996, 1998, and 2000) and three National League Championship Series (1995 alongside Greg Gumbel, 1997, and 1999).

NBC Sports

From Loma Prieta earthquake hit at 5:04 pm.

ABC Sports

From 1985 to 1988 Morgan called Brent Musburger to call the championship game of the College World Series for CBS.

Morgan started his broadcasting career in Oakland Athletics' broadcasting team for the 1995 season.

Local gigs and college baseball

Broadcasting career

Morgan currently serves as a member of the board of the Baseball Assistance Team, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping former Major League, Minor League, and Negro League players through financial and medical hardships.

In The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball Players,[7] and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.

In the New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, walk-to-strikeout ratio, and walks per plate appearance. The statement was included with the caveat that many players in baseball history could not be included in the formula due to lack of data.[6]

After his career ended, Morgan was inducted into the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame in 1987, and his jersey number 8 was retired. He threw out the first pitch at the Reds' first spring training game at Goodyear Ballpark on March 5, 2010.

Joe Morgan's number 8 was retired by the Cincinnati Reds in 1987.


He then went to the Oakland Athletics.

Morgan went to the San Francisco Giants for the next two seasons. His home run in the last game of the 1982 season eliminated the Dodgers from the division race. He won the 1982 Willie Mac Award for his spirit and leadership.

Morgan returned to Houston in 1980 to help the young Astros win the NL West. The Astros then lost the National League Championship Series to the Philadelphia Phillies.

Morgan at bat for the Giants in 1981.

Later career

Morgan, along with teammates Gold Glove Award in consecutive years from 1973 to 1977.

After joining All-Star Game appearances (1972–79) to go along with his 1966 and 1970 appearances with Houston.

To this day the trade is considered an epoch-making deal for Cincinnati and one of the worst trades in Astros' history.[4] Power-hitting Pete Rose now two key figures batting back-to-back. Morgan added unusual home run power (at that time) for a second baseman to outstanding speed on the basepaths and excellent defense.

Cincinnati Reds

Although Morgan played with distinction for Houston, the Astros wanted more power in their lineup. Additionally, manager Cincinnati Reds as part of a blockbuster multi-player deal on November 29, 1971, announced at baseball's winter meetings.

Morgan played ten seasons for Houston, compiling 72 home runs and 219 stolen bases. He made the winning percentage).

Morgan followed the advice, and his flapping arm became a familiar sight to baseball fans. [1]