Joe Morgan

Morgan with the Cincinnati Reds in 1977
Morgan at bat for the Giants in 1981.
Morgan in the Baseball Hall of Fame parade in 2011.

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

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Second baseman

Fielding position in the infield, between second and first base.

The position of the second baseman
Nap Lajoie was the first second baseman to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Cover of a 1905 how-to booklet

Joe Morgan

Bob Costas

American sportscaster who is known for his long tenure with NBC Sports, from 1980 through 2019.

Costas in 2016
Costas and Jill Sutton at the 2014 Miami International Film Festival

For baseball telecasts, Costas teamed with Sal Bando (1982), Tony Kubek (from 1983 to 1989), and Joe Morgan and Bob Uecker (from 1994 to 2000).

Bob Uecker

American former Major League Baseball (MLB) player and current sportscaster, comedian, and actor.

Uecker before game 1 of the 2011 National League Division Series
Uecker with the Braves in 1962
Uecker at Miller Park, 2011
The Uecker seats

For several years he also served as a color commentator for network television broadcasts of Major League Baseball, helping call games for ABC in the 1970s and early '80s and NBC (teaming with Bob Costas and Joe Morgan) in the 1990s.

Houston Astros

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.

Big Red Machine

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.

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

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.

1975 World Series

The championship series of Major League Baseball's 1975 season.

Luis Tiant
Ken Griffey Sr.
Ed Armbrister
Fred Lynn
Don Gullett
Carlton Fisk in 1976.
Joe Morgan

The Reds rallied from an 0-3 deficit to win the seventh and deciding game of the series on a ninth-inning single by Joe Morgan.

Dave Concepción

Venezuelan former professional baseball player and manager.

Willie McCovey attempts to tag out Concepción at first base in McCovey's final game at Candlestick Park, 1980

A nine-time All-Star player, Concepción earned five Gold Glove Awards as he teamed with Joe Morgan for one of the best middle-infield combinations of their era.

Nellie Fox

American professional baseball player.

Fox in 1960
Fox in 1953

Joe Morgan later said that he looked up to Fox's example as a rookie with the Astros; Fox and Morgan were both diminutive second basemen.

Gold Glove Award

Award given annually to the Major League Baseball players judged to have exhibited superior individual fielding performances at each fielding position in both the National League (NL) and the American League (AL).

Roberto Alomar's 1994 Gold Glove Award
Gil Hodges was one of the first Gold Glove recipients, in 1957.
Brooks Robinson won 16 Gold Gloves, the most of any position player.
Greg Maddux won 18 Gold Gloves, the most of any player.
Willie Mays won 12 Gold Gloves and was elected to the all-time team.
Mark Belanger (pictured) won multiple Gold Gloves at shortstop along with teammates Davey Johnson and Bobby Grich at second base.
As of 2021 Nolan Arenado (with 5) has won the most Platinum Glove Awards of any player.

Mark Belanger won four Gold Gloves with the Baltimore Orioles alongside winning partner Bobby Grich, and Joe Morgan paired with Dave Concepción for four combination wins with the Cincinnati Reds.

Cincinnati Reds

American professional baseball team based in Cincinnati.

Cincinnati Reds baseball team in 1909
Hall of famer Edd Roush led Cincinnati to the 1919 World Series.
Ted Kluszewski (1953)
Crosley Field (pictured in 1969), the Reds' home stadium from 1912 to 1970
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"

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.