Joe Morgan, one of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard (Ollie) Morgan, moved from Bonham, Texas to Oakland at the age of 10 in 1954. His principal residence has been in the East Bay Area since that time.
Joe Morgan was an active participant in sports and social programs at the Brookfield Community Center near his hometown. He continued his education in the Peralta College District, attending Merritt College from 1961 to 1963, graduating with honors and an AA Degree. Joe Morgan also attended California State University at Hayward. Again, both scholastic and athletic honors were accorded him.
Entering the ranks of professional baseball in 1963, Joe Morgan signed with the Houston Colt 45’s. He participated with their farm club for approximately two seasons and became a regular player for the Astros in 1964. Joe Morgan was named National League Rookie of the Year in 1965 and his exceptional performance continued with the Astros until 1972, when he was traded to the Cincinnati Reds. Many honors were bestowed upon him during this period, including: Most Valuable Player in the National League in 1975 and 1976, the Commissioner’s Award in 1976 for most votes by the fans for the All-Star Game, and the National League’s Comeback Player of the Year in 1982. Before ending his career in 1984, Joe had established a new career home run record for a second baseman and is currently second on that list played in a record 92 consecutive games without error (by a 2nd baseman) played in four World Series, winning two championships played in seven league championship series, and established an All-Star record by playing in seven consecutive games with a hit. In addition, he won five Gold Glove Awards, played in ten All-Star games and recorded 692 stolen bases. Joe Morgan was also elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot.
Residing in the bay Area, Joe Morgan is an inspiration to all who know him. His community interest, patience and love for children, family example, and general concerns make him an exceptional individual. He contributes personally and financially to the Young America baseball program and the Oakland Unified School District Sports Program, and is President of the Joe Morgan Youth Foundation, which provides college scholarships as well as financial support to programs that are instrumental in the development of youth.
Joe Morgan owned and operated Joe Joe Morgan Beverage Company, a Coors Distributorship, from 1987 to 1995. Between 1985 and 1988 Joe Owned and operated three Wendy’s franchises. He has been a TV announcer for ABC, Giantsvision and SportsChannel. He is currently a television baseball analyst for NBC and has been with ESPN since the 1989-90 baseball season as their #1 color analyst.