Joe Morgan, the Hall of Fame second baseman who was the National League’s Most Valuable Player for two consecutive seasons and the engine of the Big Red Machine, died on 11 October at the age of 77.
‘Morgan had a bone-marrow transplant in 2016. And the cause of his death was non-specified polyneuropathy’, a family spokesman said.
Joe struggled with various health issues in recent years, including a nerve condition, a form of polyneuropathy.
Morgan was a two-time National League Most Valuable Player, a 10-time All-Star, and a five-time Gold Glove Award winner. He was among the smallest great players in the history of the game and some, like Bill James, the groundbreaking interpreter of statistics, say he was the greatest of all.
“Joe Morgan was quite simply the best baseball player I played against or saw,” Bench texted to The Associated Press.
‘Major League Baseball is deeply saddened by the death of Joe Morgan, one of the best five-tool players our game has ever known and a symbol of all-around excellence,’ MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.
“The Reds family is heartbroken. Joe was a giant in the game and was adored by the fans in this city,” CEO Bob Castellini said in a statement.
Morgan is among several Hall of Famers who has died this year, including Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Tom Seaver, and Al Kaline.