Thursday, October 12, 2017

NICKNAMES OF THE 1970'S: "LITTLE JOE" MORGAN

Today I post a 1977 nickname card first, a vertical design for all-time second baseman Joe Morgan, who was “Mr. All-World” at the time this card would have come out in the Spring of 1977:


What else could Morgan have accomplished by 1977?! The reigning two-time MVP led his “Big Red Machine” Cincinnati Reds to two straight World Series wins in 1975 & 1976, took home his third straight Gold Glove Award, was RIPPED OFF a Rookie of the Year Award back in 1965 (look it up), and was well on his way to the Hall of Fame.
His 1976 season was the stuff of legend at the time: a .320 batting average, 27 homers, 111 runs batted in, 113 runs scored and 114 base on balls, leading his league in On-Base-Percentage and Slugging while claiming a spot on his seventh National League All-Star team.
The man was a machine!
Nothing “little” about his play, as a matter of fact he was a GIANT of the game through the decade!

5 comments:

  1. Awesome! Hate to admit that I enjoyed watching the Big Red Machine, but the Brewers weren't much to look at during this time frame. :)

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  2. Little Joe had an even littler glove! That thing he used to field with was barely longer than his fingers!!!! On the bases, nobody was a bigger disruption to the opposing pitcher than Joe. He was every bit as good as Ricky Henderson when it came to taking a pitcher out of his game. And consider his 1976 MVP season numbers were "big" even though Joe missed 21 games that year to injury!!!

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  3. Do you believe his On Base Percentage numbers during his prime?? You don't see that anymore

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  4. You rarely see a picture like that, from just after scoring a run, on a card. If they'll look this good, we need more! Is that Ken Griffey Sr behind him?

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    1. It was Tony Perez behind Morgan. Love this shot!

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