Standout second baseman and two-time MVP player Joe Morgan died at his Danville home on Sunday, his family confirmed to the Associated Press. Morgan was 77.
The Bay Area native and mainstay of the Cincinnati Reds’ championship teams of the 1970s went on to a career as a sportscaster following his career in baseball. He had been suffering from a form of polyneuropathy, a nerve condition, in recent years.
The Oakland native and Castlemont High School athletic standout rose to national prominence during eight seasons playing for the Reds, a career that included two World Series titles and National League Most Valuable Player awards in 1975 and 1976.
Morgan also played for the Houston Colt .45s/Astros, the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and Oakland Athletics during his 22-year major league career. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990.
Morgan stayed close to his sport for almost 30 more years as a broadcaster. He is survived by his wife Theresa, their twin daughters Kelly and Ashley, and his daughters Lisa and Angela from his first marriage,