In Memory of Joe Morgan 1943-2020

Joe Morgan was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990, his first year of eligibility. The Bonham native became only the 10th second baseman inducted at Cooperstown. Most of Morgan's 22 years in the majors were spent with the Houston Astros and Cincinnati Reds. The stocky lefthanded hitter clubbed 268 homeruns, most ever by a second baseman. He also drew 1,865 walks and stole 689 bases. Morgan's career was likewise as impressive as defensive player. The five-time Gold Glover set most of the National League fielding records: most putouts, most assists, most consecutive errorless games, and fewest errors in a season. He was voted the N.L.'s Most Valuable Player in 1975 and '76 when the Reds won consecutive World Series titles. In 1973, Morgan had become the first player ever to hit 25 or more homeruns and steal 60 or more bases in the same season. He was inducted into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame in 1996.

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