GOAT Second Baseman, MLB Black Knight Joe Morgan Passes At 77

When you talk about the greatest all-around MLB players to ever grace the diamond, Joe Morgan undoubtedly falls in that category. The diminutive Morgan was like an explosive gasoline tank, playing 22 seasons and retiring from the sport as a 10-time All-Star, a 2-time National League MVP, a 5-time Gold Glove Winner, and a 2-time World Series Champion.

When you reflect on his brilliant career, Morgan had one of the more accomplished baseball lives. After his career was over, Morgan announced for ABC, NBC Sports, and was a member of ESPN’s lead baseball broadcast team alongside Jon Miller until 2011.

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The vocals on the soundtracks of so many October moments were laid down by Morgan and his analysis of the game. Morgan was inducted into the Reds’ Hall of Fame in 1987, and his jersey number “8” was retired.

In 1990, Morgan was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot with 81.8% of the vote.

Considered the best second baseman to ever do it, Morgan was known for flapping his back arm like a chicken (to keep his elbow up) while in the batter’s box. The motion became his signature characteristic and was copied by young ballers across the country. It was another reminder of how uniquely talented Morgan was and how his originality, incredible ability and contributions to the legacy of Back baseball are undeniable and unforgettable.

JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.