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Joe Morgan Passes Away At 77

bugeater61

Kill All Humans
15 Year Member
This one hurts, Joe was one of my favorites growing up. I remember emulating his elbow twitch while playing in little league. RIP Joe and thank you for so many great memories.
 

Prairie Sage

Red Shirt
5 Year Member
For you Reds haters, do you know there was a deep Nebraska connection to the Big Red Machine? The GM who put the whole thing together was Dick Wagner, from Central City, Nebraska.

(edit) And the pitching coach was Larry Shepard who was the manager of the Lincoln Chiefs in the 1950s. When he retired from baseball Larry retired in Lincoln because he liked it so much.
 
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Sandhills Husker

Red Shirt
5 Year Member
I was not a Reds fan, but really liked and admired the way Joe played the game. And I learned so much about baseball from his announcing. Really explained things in a way the viewer could understand it, yet expand the knowledge base.
 

64husker

Recruit
For you Reds haters, do you know there was a deep Nebraska connection to the Big Red Machine? The GM who put the whole thing together was Dick Wagner, from Central City, Nebraska.

(edit) And the pitching coach was Larry Shepard who was the manager of the Lincoln Chiefs in the 1950s. When he retired from baseball Larry retired in Lincoln because he liked it so much.
I went to the Chiefs games at Sherman field. I saw Dick Stuart hit a few out of there. IIRC he had 72 HRs one year. That Dick Wagner story sounds familiar. I forgot his exact role. Thanks for the info.
 

Prairie Sage

Red Shirt
5 Year Member
I went to the Chiefs games at Sherman field. I saw Dick Stuart hit a few out of there. IIRC he had 72 HRs one year. That Dick Wagner story sounds familiar. I forgot his exact role. Thanks for the info.
Actually, Dr. Strangeglove had 66 homers and 171 strikeouts in 1956. I was at some of the games but as an infant. My parents went to quite a few. I heard stories of Dick hitting them into the trains just beyond the outfield fences.

And to the OP, Joe Morgan was one of the best second basemen in the history of the game, and in 1975 and 1976 he was the league MVP. Both years the Reds won the World Series.
 

Ellis Boyd Redding

Travel Squad
5 Year Member
Damn. Joe was the first baseball player I ever idolized. I even mimicked his elbow pump when I first started playing (until my coach told me to knock it off).
 
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