Title: Joe Morgan: A Life in Baseball
Author: Joe Morgan, David Falkner
Genre: Memoir, Baseball
A leader of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine of the 1970s, twice named the National League’s Most Valuable Player and recently elected to the Hall of Fame, second baseman Morgan is one of the outstanding players of the last half-century. Raised in a middle-class family in Texas and California, he began his career with the Houston Astros in 1965, played for the Reds from 1972 to 1979 and ended his playing days with stints in other cities. Although Morgan was admired as a team player and enjoyed the respect and affection of his colleagues, his memoirs, written with Falkner ( LT ), are not pollyanna-ish. Morgan is very specific about the people he didn’t like and is outspoken about racism, which he believes pervades the sport. The resulting book is among the most candid and interesting of its genre. Photos not seen by Publishers Weekly. Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Joe Morgan – A Life in Baseball – an apter title never given. This is the story of Joe Morgan’s life in baseball.
From the early days, thru the Astros, then the Big Red Machine and on through his ‘parade’ through other teams before he retired. He finishes with a discussion about being a broadcaster and offers his thoughts on how to fix baseball circa 1992.
A fabulous read. It really takes the reader into the clubhouse both in Houston and Cincinnati. Some may regret that more of it isn’t centered on the Glory Days of Cincinnati but this is Joe Morgan’s story not the Big Red Machine * you can get books on that already *. What resonates from the pages to today is the stark clarity that Morgan uses in discussing racial intolerance both in baseball and in society in general. What is extremely sad is the instances of racist police and baseball people isn’t something we can look back on from 25 years in the future and shake our head as these issues exist today. A solid baseball book and one that has a proud place in my baseball library.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Joe Leonard Morgan (born September 19, 1943) is a former Major League Baseball second baseman who played for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Oakland Athletics from 1963 to 1984. He won two World Series championships with the Reds in 1975 and 1976 and was also named the National League Most Valuable Player in those years. Considered one of the greatest second basemen of all-time, Morgan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. He became a baseball broadcaster for ESPN after his retirement, and now hosts a weekly nationally syndicated radio show for Sports USA. He is currently a special adviser to the Reds.
Reviewed by: Mr. N