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Joe Morgan, driving force of Big Red Machine, dies at 77

Morgan was a part of the ‘Big Red Machine’ that won back-to-back World Series titles in the 70s
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan(Al Behrman | AP)
Published: Oct. 12, 2020 at 11:40 AM EDT
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CINCINNATI (WVLT/AP) — Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan has died. A family spokesman says he died at his home Sunday in Danville, California.

Morgan was suffering from a nerve condition, a form of polyneuropathy.

Morgan became the sparkplug of the Big Red Machine and the prototype for baseball’s artificial turf era. Morgan was a two-time NL Most Valuable Player, a 10-time All-Star and won five Gold Gloves.

He could hit a home run, steal a base and disrupt any game with his daring. Most of all, the 5-foot-7 dynamo known for flapping his left elbow drove a Cincinnati team featuring the likes of Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Tony Perez to World Series titles in 1975 and ’76.

Joe Morgan was 77 years old.

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