Baseball keeps losing legends in 2020, and Joe Morgan might have been the smallest and mightiest of them all

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It has been a terrible year for so many people, for all of us, including baseball fans of a certain age.

Al Kaline.

Tom Seaver.

Lou Brock.

Bob Gibson.

Whitey Ford.

They were among our baseball heroes. They showed us how to play the game. I’m 63 years old and they were my childhood. And they all died in 2020.

And now, the littlest and mightiest, Joe Morgan, has died.

“There was no one better than Joe,” said Johnny Bench, a former teammate and fellow Hall of Famer. “And I’m not just talking about second basemen. I’m talking about any position.”

Morgan is regarded as one of the three greatest second basemen of all time. He is the only second baseman to win back-to-back MVP awards, which he did in 1975 and 1976 for the Cincinnati Reds‘ famous Big Red Machine. He made 10 All-Star teams, won five Gold Gloves and was elected to the Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 1990.

He had the fifth-most walks of all time, trailing only Barry Bonds, Rickey Henderson, Babe Ruth and Ted Williams. Morgan had 850 more walks than strikeouts. He had the

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