Joe Morgan's 'Hall of Fame Plaque' reads, ' Impact player who lifted the Cincinnati 'Big Red Machine' to a higher level with his multi faceted skills, trademark was flapping left arm as he awaited pitch. Packed unusual power into extraordinary quick 150 lb. fireplug frame. Played 22 seasons. NL's Most Valuable Player 1975 & 1976.' Joe Morgan won five Gold Gloves and is best remembered for being a leader for the World Champion Cincinnati Reds in 1975 & 1976. In 1975, Morgan batted .327, 17 HR's, 107 runs scored, 94 RBI's, stole 67 bases. He led the Reds to another playoff berth in 1979, he then moved back to Houston helping them make the NL Championship Series. He led the league four times in walks.
Joe Morgan rates as one of the top clutch hitters in baseball's history. A play to win at all costs, Joe Morgan was certainly was one top players of all time.
During this decade, Joe Morgan was emerging as a superstar second baseman and because of his wide variety of skills the Reds stayed on top for most of this period. Morgan could hit with power, steal bases, batted over .300 and played aggressive, winning baseball. In 1971, he led the NL in walks 115 and runs scored 122. Cincinnati Reds Baseball History 'Little Joe' Morgan, 5-ft 7-inches 155 lbs still ranks third all-time for career walks behind only Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. Morgan was a major component of the 'Big Red Machine', the first NL team to win consecutive World Titles since 1922. Joe Morgan won the MVP Awards in both 1975 & 1976 and played a big part in both Cincinnati Reds World Championships in these years.