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
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!