Joe Morgan, second player on the Cincinnati Reds and heart of 1970’s Big Red Machine, dies at age 77

Joe Morgan, second player on the Cincinnati Reds and heart of 1970's Big Red Machine, dies at age 77

The little influential Joe Morgan who led the “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati series died in the mid-1970s, a family spokesperson told the Associated Press.

He was 77 years old.

The family spokesman said Morgan died at his home in Danville, suburban San Francisco, on Sunday.

The Oakland native was named National League Player of the Year in 1975 and 1976, resulting in Cincinnati winning World Championship titles in both seasons.

San Francisco Giants’ second baseman Joe Morgan (8) captured the ball while Tim Raines stole second place from the Montreal Expos during a match in San Francisco on April 27, 1982.d / AP file

Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990, after a 22-season career with the .45 Houston Colt, Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland A.

The All-Star 10-time pick was an all-out attacking powerhouse, hitting 268 times on home turf and stealing 689 bases. He also had a keen eye for the board, forcing shooters to walk with him 1,865 times, cementing his career on a percentage basis to 0.392.

Morgan was also a wizard in defense, winning five Golden Glove Awards for best player in the second division.

Morgan’s death comes less than a week after Hall of Fame pitcher New York Yankees Whitey Ford passed away at the age of 91.

This is a developing story, please update here for updates.

The Associated Press Contributed.

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