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Baseball Hall Of Famer And ESPN Commentator Joe Morgan Is Dead At 77

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One of the Cincinnati Reds' biggest legends and a longtime commentator for Major League Baseball has died. Joe Morgan, who played the second baseman for the Big Red Machine era Reds and was a longtime commentator on Sunday Night Baseball died Sunday in his home at Danville, California. Morgan was 77, and leaves behind an impressive legacy.

Morgan's family reported his death to the New York Times and said the longtime baseball player passed away due to nonspecified polyneuropathy. Joe Morgan was a key force in the Cincinnati Reds' lineup in the 1970s and a part of two World Series championships with the organization. Morgan was a five-time Golden Glove winner and is ranked 11th in all-time base stealing in Major League Baseball with 682 stolen bases. Over the years, baseball fans have considered him to be one of the greatest second basemen of all time.

Following the end of his playing career, Morgan took a job commentating Sunday Night Baseball alongside Jon Miller, a role which he held for 21 seasons. In that role, Joe Morgan had the honor of being a part of some of baseball's greatest moments, including the final game ever played at Yankee Stadium.

Morgan's last game called for the program was in 2010. Morgan commentated alongside Jon Miller since the program's inception in 1990, and since then, no duo has had quite the run as those two on the program. Morgan went on to take a job for the Cincinnati Reds, in which he served as an advisor for baseball operations and worked on community outreach on behalf of the organization. Morgan was well-respected around the league, and remembered for his quirks both as a player and broadcaster. During his playing career, Joe Morgan was known for flapping his elbow to make sure it stayed up while hitting.

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Joe Morgan was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic syndrome in 2015, which later led to leukemia. Morgan received a bone marrow transplant (via NBC Sports) from one of his four daughters, who happened to be a match. What's bizarre is that his daughter, Angela, signed up to be a donor, knowing the odds of children matching their parents was slim, and just wanted to help someone with what her father was going through. She ended up matching someone anonymously, though after a short conversation with the organization, realized that she was in fact donating bone marrow to her own father.

Joe Morgan is survived by his wife Theresa, and his four daughters, Angela, Lisa, Ashley, and Kelly. Morgan's death was acknowledged and memorialized by the Cincinnati Reds organization, which placed a statue of the player outside their stadium in 2013.

We here at CinemaBlend would like to offer our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Joe Morgan and wish them well during this challenging time.

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