» September 27, 1963: Using a lineup of nine rookies the Colt 45s lose 103 to the Mets. The lineup includes P Jay Dahl, 17 (debut); C Jerry Grote, 20; 1B Rusty Staub, 19; 2B Joe Morgan, 20; 3B Glenn Vaughan, 19; SS Sonny Jackson, 19 (debut); and outfielders Brock Davis, 19, Aaron Pointer, 21, and Jim Wynn, 21. Dahl loses his only ML game at 17 and will die in an auto accident at 19. Houston 2B Joe Morgan will play 22 years, and 1B Rusty Staub, 23. Aaron Pointer singles for his only hit this year: his sisters will do better with a top-10 hit of "Fire," by Bruce Springsteen. Joe Hoerner and Danny Coombs follow Dahl to the mound in their ML debuts. 20-year-old P Larry Yellen debuted yesterday and 18-year-old OF Ivan Murrell debuts tomorrow.
» July 8, 1965: Joe Morgan is the first Houston player with six hits in a game, but the Braves beat the Astros 98 in 12 innings, thanks to Mike De La Hoz. De La Hoz hits a pinch homer in the 8th inning, ties the game in the 9th with a single when the Braves score three runs, and singles and scores the winning run to end the game.
» June 25, 1966: Houston 2B Joe Morgan, batting .315, suffers a broken kneecap when hit by a line drive during batting practice. He will miss 40 games, and Houston, in 4th place, will lose 28 of their next 31 games.
» September 27, 1969: Jim Maloney fires a one-hitter in beating Houston, 30, at Crosley Field. Joe Morgan's 3rd inning single is the only safety.
» May 21, 1970:
In Houston, Reds pitcher Jim McGlothin fires a 2-hitter as Cincy wins, 30. Joe Morgan and Jesus Alou have the only hits.
» May 8, 1971: At Philadelphia, Joe Morgan has four hits, steals two bases, and scores three runs to lead Houston to an 81 win over the Phils. Winning P Don Wilson knocks in two runs with a bunt double that rolls past SS Larry Bowa, who is breaking for 3B.
» November 29, 1971: In three blockbuster deals, the Cubs trade P Ken Holtzman to the A's for OF Rick Monday; the Giants trade P Gaylord Perry and SS Frank Duffy to the Indians for P Sam McDowell; and the Reds trade 1B Lee May, 2B Tommy Helms, and OF Jimmy Stewart to the Astros for 2B Joe Morgan, OF Cesar Geronimo, and P Jack Billingham. This trade, criticized in the Cincinnati press, is one of the best in Reds history, and puts the wheels on the big Red Machine, as future Hall of Famer Morgan will win two MVPs.
» July 25, 1972: The National League wins the All-Star Game 43 at Atlanta behind hometown hero Hank Aaron's 2-run home run and Joe Morgan's 10th-inning RBI single. It is the 7th time the classic has gone into extra innings.
» October 7, 1972:
The Pirates score three in the first and top the Reds 51 in the NLCS opener as Joe Morgan and Al Oliver smash homers.
» June 13, 1973: At Riverfront Stadium, Cards pitcher Rick Wise loses a no hitter when the Reds Joe Morgan singles with one out in the 9th. Wise finishes with a one-hit 80 win. Wise pitched a no-hitter over the Reds in 1971.
» July 31, 1973:
The Reds sweep a pair from the Braves, winning 95 in the opener, then scoring five runs in the 9th to take the nitecap, 13-11. Joe Morgan totals three homers and seven RBIs for the afternoon. The Reds set a club record with 24 wins in the month of July.
» August 7, 1973: In Cincinnati, Don Gullett pitches a 2-hitter to beat the Cubs, 10. The only run is a home run by Joe Morgan.
» November 24, 1973: Bob Gibson wins the last of nine Gold Gloves on the mound, and Joe Morgan wins the first of five at 2B.
» August 19, 1974: Reds' 2B Joe Morgan drives in seven runs as Cincinnati rolls over Philadelphia 152. Morgan has a grand slam and a 3-run homer, then leaves after three innings when the Reds build a 140 lead.
» September 2, 1974:
A controversial call against the Reds helps the Astros win 43. Johnny Bench's single in the 7th scores one run and the 2nd base runner Joe Morgan is called out, negating the tying run, though replays seem to show him safe. The Cincinnati City Council will pass a resolution stating their shock and dismay at the "atrocious call."
» September 7, 1974:
Playing on a badly sprained ankle, Joe Morgan belts a 2-run homer off Mike Marshall to give the Reds a 75 win over the Dodgers. Before his homer, Morgan had missed a pitch and fallen down, prompting Sparky Anderson to try and remove him. The Reds win today after trailing 50.
» June 24, 1975: In Atlanta, Joe Morgan lofts a 3-run homer off Phil Niekro to account for all the scoring as the Reds beat the Braves, 30.
» October 22, 1975: At Boston, the Sox take a 30 lead in the 3rd off Don Gullett, but the Reds rally to tie it in the 7th. Perez hits a 2-run shot in the 6th off Bill Lee, golfing one of the Spaceman's bloopers over the Green Monster. Jim Willoughby is relieved by Jim Burton and Joe Morgan's single wins the deciding game 43. The Reds come from behind in all four of their victories. Rose is named the World Series MVP.
» November 19, 1975: By the most overwhelming margin ever, the Reds Joe Morgan is named National League MVP. Morgan batted .327, with 67 SBs, and a league-leading 132 walks.
» May 29, 1976:
The Reds score three runs in the 9th to edge the Dodgers, 65. Ken Griffey's 2-run triple ties the game, and Joe Morgan's single wins it.
» June 7, 1976: In a 54 Pirates win over the Reds, the two teams combine for seven solo homers. Joe Morgan (2) and Pete Rose homer for Cincy, while Al Oliver, Willie Stargell, Richie Zisk and Bill Robinson go deep for the host Pirates.
» November 24, 1976: The Reds Joe Morgan outpoints teammate George Foster to win his 2nd straight National League MVP Award. Morgan led with a .576 slugging average, and hit .320, scored 113 runs, knocked in 111, and stole a base.
» June 30, 1977:
The host Reds beat the Giants, 115, as Joe Morgan paces the scoring with five runs and two stolen bases, despite going 0-for-2 at the plate.
» April 6, 1978: In a rain-delayed season opener in Cincinnati, Houston's Terry Puhl leads off with a homer against Tom Seaver, who allows five runs in three innings. But led by Joe Morgan's pair of two-run doubles and a homer, the Reds prevail, 119. In the bottom of the 7th, with Morgan on 3B and George Foster on 1B, Dan Driessen strikes out and Foster is caught stealing 2B, Ferguson to Roger Metzger. Morgan tries to score on the play and is thrown out on the return. According to Retrosheet, this is apparently the first triple play begun with a strikeout. In 1982, the Twins will start a triple play with a strikeout.
» April 23, 1978: Reds 2B Joe Morgan commits an error during a 21, 10-inning win over the Giants, ending his major-league record streak of 91 consecutive errorless games since July 6, 1977. Three Reds pitchers combine on a 2-hitter, hand out 12 walks, and strand 14 runners.
» August 27, 1978: The Reds Joe Morgan belts his 200th homer and becomes the first player in history to have 200 homers and 500 stolen bases.
» August 23, 1979:
Commissioner Kuhn slaps Padres owner Ray Kroc with a $100,000 fine for tampering, following remarks Kroc made about potential free agents Joe Morgan and Graig Nettles.
» November 2, 1979: Nolan Ryan and Joe Morgan are the top names available in the reentry draft held at New York's Plaza Hotel.
» January 31, 1980: Joe Morgan, a 2-time National League MVP for the Cincinnati Reds, signs as a free agent with the Houston Astros, his first team.
» October 10, 1980: A scoreless pitchers' duel in Houston ends in the bottom of the 11th inning on Joe Morgan's leadoff triple and Denny Walling's sacrifice fly. Houston is up two games to one, but the win is costly as Cesar Cedeno injures an ankle.
» February 9, 1981: Joe Morgan, 37, signs a one-year contract with the Giants.
» November 18, 1981: Phillies 3B Mike Schmidt wins his 2nd consecutive National League MVP Award, joining Ernie Banks and Joe Morgan as the only NL players to win the award back-to-back. Schmidt hit .316 with 31 home runs and 91 RBI in the abbreviated season and also led the league in runs and walks.
» December 11, 1981: Veteran free-agent infielders Joe Morgan and Mark Belanger sign one-year contracts with the Giants and Dodgers, respectively.
» July 31, 1982: Phillies 2B Manny Trillo misplays Bill Buckner's grounder in the 7th inning of a 20 win over the Cubs, ending his errorless string at 89 games and 479 consecutive chances. He falls two games short of Joe Morgan's record 91-game streak, and his 479 straight chances set a ML record.
» December 14, 1982: The Giants trade veteran 2B Joe Morgan and reliever Al Holland to the Phillies for pitchers Mike Krukow and Mark Davis and minor leaguer Charles Penigar.
» September 15, 1983: Behind Marty Bystrom's 5-hit win the Phils sweep the Expos, 95. Mike Schmidt, Joe Morgan and Len Matuszek (his first in the majors) hit homers to back Steve Carlton's 298th career win.
» September 19, 1983: Phillies 2B Joe Morgan celebrates his 40th birthday by going 4-for-5 with two home runs in a 76 win over the Cubs. He will go 4-for-5 again tomorrow in an 85 win over the Cubs. He's the 2nd player to celebrate his 40th birthday with a dinger: Bob Thurman was the first, in 1957.
» September 28, 1983: Whipping the Cubs 13-6 for their 12th win in their last 13 games, the Phillies clinch the National League East championship. Bo Diaz goes 5-for-5 with a pair of home runs and Joe Morgan records his 3rd 4-hit game of the month.
» November 8, 1983: Atlanta's Dale Murphy wins his 2nd consecutive National League MVP Award, joining Ernie Banks, Joe Morgan, and Mike Schmidt, who also accomplished that feat. Murphy hit .302 with 36 home runs, 121 RBI, and 30 SBs this season, and received 21 of a possible 24 first-place votes.
» December 13, 1983: Forty-year-old Joe Morgan signs a one-year contract with the Oakland A'shis 5th club since 1979.
» June 24, 1984: Oakland's Joe Morgan hits his 265th career home run as a 2B, breaking Rogers Hornsby's major-league record for that position. Morgan, who has 267 home runs overall, connects off Frank Tanana in the first inning of the A's 42 win over Texas.
» January 9, 1990: Jim Palmer, a 3-time American League Cy Young Award winner, and Joe Morgan, a 2-time National League MVP, are elected to the Hall of Fame in their first years of eligibility.
» May 18, 1990: In a 70 loss to the Astros, Cubs 2B Ryne Sandberg finally commits an error. This ends his ML-record errorless streaks at 123 games and 584 chances. Joe Morgan held the previous record of 91 games.
» August 5, 1990: Hall of Fame induction ceremonies for Jim Palmer and Joe Morgan are rained out in Cooperstown, NY. The ceremony will be conducted the following day at a local high school.
» April 26, 1997: Chicago 2B Ryne Sandberg hits his 2nd home run of the year in the Cubs' 7-6 win over Pittsburgh. The home run is Sandberg's 267th as a second baseman, breaking the record held by Hall of Famer Joe Morgan for most home runs at that position.
» June 6, 1998: Hall of Fame 2B Joe Morgan has his uniform retired by the Cincinnati Reds in a ceremony at Cinergy Field.