Morgan, Joe

Joe Leonard Morgan
Born: September 19, 1943, Bonham, Texas
Played For: 
Houston Astros (1963-1971, 1980), Cincinnati Reds (1972-1979), San Francisco Giants (1981-1982), Philadelphia Phillies (1983), Oakland A's (1984)
Elected to the Hall of Fame by Baseball Writers: 1990

A fierce competitor renowned for his baseball smarts, Joe Morgan could single-handedly beat opposing teams with his multifaceted skills. A two-time National League MVP in 1975 and '76, he was a terror on the basepaths, topping the 40-steal plateau nine times during his career. His skilled batting eye enabled him to lead the National League in on-base percentage and walks four times each. Morgan also packed considerable power into his compact frame, hitting 449 doubles and 268 home runs.

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Induction Speech

Did You Know: 
that Joe Morgan's familiar habit of flapping his arm while at bat was a timing mechanism that was suggested to him by teammate and future Hall of Fame second baseman Nellie Fox?
[On his speed]: I'm not bad. I'm no Joe Morgan, but I'm pretty good for a white guy.
Pete Rose