Saturday, January 16, 2016

ANOTHER FANTASY SPECIAL REQUEST: 1972 JOE MORGAN

Here’s another special request by Tony, a 1972 non-traded Joe Morgan as a Cincinnati Reds player, the final piece in what was to be a dominant team during the decade.
Check it out:


While the Reds did make the World Series in 1970 on the strength of guys like Rose, Bench and Perez, they did lose to the Baltimore Orioles, perhaps THE dominant team in the Majors at the time.
But once they acquired the speedy AND powerful Joe Morgan from the Houston Astros, it took them to a new level, and by 1975 and 1976 Cincinnati found themselves at the center of the baseball world with back-to-back World Series wins against the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees.
Morgan was portrayed as a Houston Astro when the 1972 Topps set came out, with a last series “Traded” card showing him as a Reds player (why no Lee May?).
This would go on to write some serious baseball history, with Morgan taking home the National League MVP Award in 1975 and 1976, and eventually leading to a Hall of Fame induction in 1990 as one of the greatest second basemen in the games long history.
Here you go Tony!

4 comments:

  1. Gio it's awesome. Really captures Lil Joe and his boundless energy. Love that it's at Riverfront and the Reds dugout is in the background. Thanks my friend!

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  2. Lee May was victim of an airbrush job with a mid series card with the Astros. Not sure why he wasn't part of the traded series. I've said it earlier but I always felt bad for Lee May. He came up through the Reds system with guys like Rose, Perez, Helms, McRae and Bench but wasn't able to participate in their postseason success because of the trade. He usually appears at the team's annual Redsfest in December and is really considered part of that group.

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  3. This looks like one of those 2015 Topps 1972 mini gimmie a do-over cards. It's an unnecessary creation, in my opinion. The 1972 Topps Traded card of Joe Morgan is a classic.

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