By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan has passed away. He was 77.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet. He reportedly passed away in Danville, California.
“Joe Morgan has been uniquely and powerfully influential to the Hall of Fame, not only as a Member, but as its Vice-Chairman of the Board,” Jane Forbes Clark, Chairman of the Board of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said. “During his career he was singularly committed to becoming the absolute best at his craft, combining his natural and developed skills with a model dedication in pursuit of his dream to become a Major League player. Along the way, he inspired, he motivated, and he influenced the success of those around him. We shall always be grateful for Joe’s leadership on and off the field. We send our prayers and condolences to Theresa and the Morgan family.”
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The Baseball Hall of Fame said that Morgan passed away on Sunday, October 11th. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.
Morgan began his Hall of Fame career with the Houston Colt .45s in 1963, as a 19-year-old. He played in just eight games in 1963, before playing in 10 games in 1964.
His official rookie season came in 1965 when he played in 157 games. He finished 31st in the voting for the 1965 Rookie of the Year voting.
Willie Mays won the National League Rookie of the Year that season after receiving 224 points to get the award. During Morgan’s rookie season in 1965, the Houston team changed its name from the Colt .45s to the Astros.
His career came to an end with the Oakland Athletics on Sept. 30, 1984 as a 41-year-old against the Kansas City Royals.
In his playing career, he played for the Houston Colt .45s/Astros franchise, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and the Athletics. Only one of his 22 seasons came in the American League, which was with the Athletics in 1984.
He had a career .271 batting average with 268 home runs and 1,133 RBIs in 2,649 games. Morgan had 2,517 hits while scoring 1,650 runs, with 449 doubles and 96 triples.
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Morgan was a ten-time All-Star and a five-time Gold Glove winner. He also was a two-time World Series Champion and a two-time MVP.
He also won a Silver Slugger Award and was named the All-Star game MVP once. Morgan was a two-time TSN Major League Player of the Year.
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