April 15, 2013 by Elizabeth Metz
Second baseman, 1972-1978. Inducted 1987.
His acquisition from the Houston Astros prior to the 1972 season (alongside others) is widely considered the final piece of the powerful Big Red Machine of the 1970s. Made the All-Star game each year of his Reds career. Gifted both on defense (5 consecutive Gold Gloves) and on offense, Morgan had unusual power for a middle infielder of his era, a knack for getting on base, and speed and instincts on the base paths. At one point or another during his Reds career, he led the league in runs, walks, triples, OBP, SLG, OPS, and stolen base percentage. Won back-to-back MVPs in 1975 and 1976, the first second baseman in baseball history to do so. Drove in Ken Griffey for the game-winning run in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series.