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Joseph Leonard Morgan (born September 19, 1943 in Bonham, Texas) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman, considered by many as one of the greatest second basemen to have played the game. Morgan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. Currently, he works as a color commentator for ESPN television and radio.
From 1994 to 2000, Morgan teamed with Bob Costas and Bob Uecker to call baseball games on NBC. During the late 1980s, Morgan served as an announcer for ABC where he helped announce the 1988 American League Championship Series and served as a field reporter for the 1989 World Series.
Morgan was signed by the Houston Colt .45s as an amateur free agent in 1962. He played with distinction with Houston until a multi-player trade brought him to the Cincinnati Reds in the 1972 season. After joining the Big Red Machine, Morgan's career reached a new level. This includes eight consecutive All-Star Game appearances (1972-1979) to go along with his 1966 and 1970 appearances with Houston.
Morgan, along with teammates Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez and Dave Concepción, led the Reds to consecutive championships in the World Series. Morgan was also the National League MVP in 1975 and 1976.
As a hitter, Morgan was extremely capable. While his lifetime average was only .271, he hit between .288 and .327 during his peak years with the Reds, and drew a great many walks throughout his career, resulting in a superb .392 on base percentage. He also hit 268 home runs and 545 doubles and triples, excellent power for a middle infielder of his era, and was considered the finest base stealer of his generation (689 steals at greater than 80% success rate). Besides his prowess behind the plate and on the bases, Morgan was an exceptional infielder winning the Gold Glove Award from 1972 to 1976. In his current broadcasting career, he has also been successful, winning a CableACE award (with Jon Miller) in 1990 and an Emmy Award for sports analysis in 1998.
- Major League debut: September 21, 1963.
- Bats: Left-handed
- Throws: Right-handed
- Morgan teamed with shortstop Dave Concepción a duo winner of four Gold Gloves, joining a select list of eight shortstop-second baseman combinations have won the honor in the same season while playing together (1974 to 1977)
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