Cincinnati Reds baseball team in 1909
Morgan with the Cincinnati Reds in 1977
Hall of famer Edd Roush led Cincinnati to the 1919 World Series.
Ted Kluszewski (1953)
Morgan at bat for the Giants in 1981.
Crosley Field (pictured in 1969), the Reds' home stadium from 1912 to 1970
Morgan in the Baseball Hall of Fame parade in 2011.
Riverfront Stadium (pictured in 1974), the home stadium of the Reds from 1970 to 2002
Pete Rose at bat in a game at Dodger Stadium during the 1970s
George Foster slugged 52 home runs in 1977, earning the NL MVP award.
Eric Davis in 1990
Opening day at Riverfront Stadium, 1995
Great American Ball Park, the Reds' home stadium since 2003
Ken Griffey Jr. played in his hometown of Cincinnati from 2000 to 2008.
Joey Votto, first baseman (2007–present)
Great American Ball Park opened in 2003 along the Ohio River.
Logo (1915–1919)
Scott Rolen wearing the current Reds away uniform, featuring classic lettering.
Barry Larkin playing in Riverfront Stadium in 1990
Frank Robinson
Eppa Rixey
Ernie Lombardi
The Ohio Cup trophy
Marty Brennaman, the Hall of Fame "voice of the Reds"

Joe Leonard Morgan (September 19, 1943 – October 11, 2020) was an American professional baseball second baseman who played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Colt .45s / Astros, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Oakland Athletics from 1963 to 1984.

- Joe Morgan

After the disastrous season (the only year in the decade in which the team finished with a losing record), the Reds reloaded by trading veterans Jimmy Stewart, May and Tommy Helms to the Houston Astros for Joe Morgan, César Gerónimo, Jack Billingham, Ed Armbrister, and Denis Menke.

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Houston Astros

American professional baseball team based in Houston.

American professional baseball team based in Houston.

1905 Houston Buffaloes team photo
Colt .45s uniform
Houston Astrodome Scoreboard pictured during a June 7, 1969 game between the Astros and Cardinals
The Astrodome in 1965
Hall of Famer Joe Morgan (1963–1971, 1980) was traded to Cincinnati following the 1971 season
Cesar Cedeno (1970–1981) is the franchise's all-time leader with 487 steals
José Cruz (1975–1987), his #25 was retired by Houston
Astros starting pitcher Nolan Ryan in 1983
Mike Scott won the 1986 NL Cy Young Award and NLCS MVP
Final Astros regular season game in the Astrodome on October 3, 1999
The Astros moved into Minute Maid Park in 2000
2005 National League championship banner at Minute Maid Park
Astros' outfielder Orlando Palmeiro, 2007
Astros second baseman José Altuve in 2014
Many buildings in the skyline of Downtown Houston participated in cheering for the Astros during the 2017 World Series.
The Houston Astros began wearing this patch during the 2017 season as the Houston area recovered from the destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey.
2017 World Series MVP - George Springer
The 2017 team at the White House with President Donald Trump, March 2018
Justin Verlander, 2019 AL Cy Young Award winner
Jeff Bagwell (1991–2005), Hall of Famer
Craig Biggio (1988–2007), Hall of Famer
Lance Berkman (1999–2010)
Orbit, Houston Astros mascot from 1990 to 1999, 2013–present

Jimmy Wynn, Rusty Staub, and Joe Morgan all made their major league debuts in the 1963 season.

In November 1971 the Astros and Cincinnati Reds made one of the biggest blockbuster trades in the history of the sport, and helped create The Big Red Machine of the 1970s, with the Reds getting the better end of the deal.

Denis Menke

Professional baseball infielder and coach.

Professional baseball infielder and coach.

He played for the Milwaukee / Atlanta Braves (1962–67), Houston Astros (1968–71, 1974) and Cincinnati Reds (1972–73), all of the National League.

Along with Menke, the Reds received future Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, starting pitcher Jack Billingham, center fielder César Gerónimo and utility outfielder Ed Armbrister, while the Astros received second baseman Tommy Helms, first baseman Lee May and utility infielder Jimmy Stewart.

Armbrister in 1975

Ed Armbrister

Bahamian professional baseball player.

Bahamian professional baseball player.

Armbrister in 1975

He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder from 1973 to 1977 for the Cincinnati Reds.

He was included in a blockbuster trade on November 29, 1971, when the Cincinnati Reds acquired him from the Houston Astros along with Jack Billingham, Cesar Geronimo, Denis Menke, and Joe Morgan, in exchange for Lee May, Tommy Helms, and Jimmy Stewart.

Tommy Helms

American former professional baseball player and manager.

American former professional baseball player and manager.

Over a 14-year Major League Baseball career (–), Helms played for four teams, including eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, four with the Houston Astros, and one each with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Boston Red Sox.

On November 29, 1971, Helms was part of a blockbuster trade that brought Joe Morgan, Denis Menke, César Gerónimo, Ed Armbrister and Jack Billingham from the Houston Astros for Helms, Lee May and Jimmy Stewart.

César Gerónimo

Dominican former professional baseball player and coach.

Dominican former professional baseball player and coach.

He played in Major League Baseball as an outfielder from through, most notably as a member of the Cincinnati Reds dynasty that won three National League pennants and two World Series championships between 1972 and 1976.

On November 29, 1971, Gerónimo was involved in one of the most significant trades in the history of the Cincinnati Reds when he was acquired from the Astros along with Ed Armbrister, Jack Billingham, Denis Menke and Joe Morgan.

Lee May

American professional baseball player and coach.

American professional baseball player and coach.

May at bat in 1977 as a member of the Baltimore Orioles.

He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a first baseman and designated hitter from to for the Cincinnati Reds, Houston Astros, Baltimore Orioles, and Kansas City Royals.

With the Reds needing to shore up their infield defense and add speed on the basepaths and seeing Tony Pérez and May as essentially the same type of player (right-handed power hitters), the Reds sent May to the Houston Astros for future Hall of Famer Joe Morgan.

Jimmy Stewart (baseball)

American Major League Baseball utility man and scout.

American Major League Baseball utility man and scout.

During his active career, he appeared in 777 MLB games for the Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds and Houston Astros over ten seasons between and.

On November 29, 1971, Stewart was part of the landmark trade that brought Hall of Fame second baseman Joe Morgan, outfielders César Gerónimo and Ed Armbrister, pitcher Jack Billingham and infielder Denis Menke to the Reds; slugger Lee May, Cincinnati second baseman Tommy Helms, and Stewart went to Houston in exchange.

Pete Rose pictured during the Big Red Machine era

Big Red Machine

Pete Rose pictured during the Big Red Machine era
Riverfront Stadium, where the Reds played during the 1970s

The Big Red Machine is a nickname for the Cincinnati Reds baseball team that dominated the National League from 1970 to 1979 and is widely recognized as being among the best in baseball history.

Rookie and future-Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson headed the Big Red Machine, which at its peak featured Pete Rose, Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan and Tony Pérez, and was supported by Dave Concepción, George Foster, César Gerónimo and Ken Griffey, Sr. The Cincinnati Reds of the 1970s garnered more World Series appearances than any other team during that decade, and compiled an overall record of 953 wins and 657 losses.

Rose in 2008

Pete Rose

American former professional baseball player and manager.

American former professional baseball player and manager.

Rose in 2008
Rose walks onto the field at Shea Stadium with the Cincinnati Reds in 1976

Rose played in Major League Baseball (MLB) from 1963 to 1986, most prominently as a member of the Cincinnati Reds team known as The Big Red Machine for their dominance of the National League in the 1970s.

During the fifth inning of Game 3 of the series, Rose was on first base when Joe Morgan hit a double play ball to Mets first baseman John Milner.

Billingham with the Cincinnati Reds in 1974

Jack Billingham

American former professional baseball player and coach.

American former professional baseball player and coach.

Billingham with the Cincinnati Reds in 1974

He played in Major League Baseball as a right-handed pitcher from through, most notably as a member of the Cincinnati Reds dynasty that won three National League pennants and two World Series championships between 1972 and 1977.

On November 29, 1971, Billingham was acquired from the Astros along with Ed Armbrister, Cesar Geronimo, Denis Menke and Joe Morgan.