Sunday, March 10, 2013

Reds to open special Joe Morgan exhibit this week

Press release from the Reds...

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum is honoring Joe Morgan with a special exhibit that examines the many highlights of his illustrious career.

Featuring game-used equipment, rare photographs, memorabilia and never-before-seen items from Joe's personal collection, the exhibit shines a light on the player who many historians consider to be the best second baseman in the history of the game.

The exhibit opens to the public on Tuesday, March 12 at 10 am.. Morgan will be available at 6:30 p.m. for the ribbon cutting ceremony and VIP preview of the exhibit.

The Joe Morgan exhibit is part of a season-long celebration of Joe's great career that culminates with the dedication of the Joe Morgan Statue on Saturday, Sept. 7, prior to the 1:05 pm Reds vs. L.A. Dodgers game.

Joe's statue will be located in front of Great American Ball Park on Crosley Terrace and is being sculpted by local artist Tom Tsuchiya, who designed the five sculptures that currently reside at the ballpark: Johnny Bench, Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Frank Robinson.

Fans interested in being part of recognizing Morgan's incomparable career and immeasurable contribution to Cincinnati and Reds baseball by becoming a donor can learn more by contacting the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum at (513) 765-7921 or Contributions can earn donors a place on the Joe Morgan Recognition Wall inside the museum.

About Joe Morgan:

Arriving in Cincinnati in 1972 in a blockbuster trade with Houston, Morgan was crucial to the five division championships, three National League pennants and two World Championships the Reds won during his tenure with the club. Morgan also was named the National League's Most Valuable Player in back-to-back years in the World Championship seasons of 1975 and 1976, an unprecedented feat in the long and illustrious history of the Reds. An All-Star in each of his eight seasons in a Reds uniform and a Gold Glove winner each season from 1973-1977, Morgan was the definition of a complete player, combining speed, power and superlative defense like no second baseman the game had ever seen. A first ballot inductee to the Reds Hall of Fame in 1987 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990, Morgan received the highest individual honor a club can bestow when his uniform number 8 was retired by the Reds in 1998.

About the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum:

Driven by a mission to celebrate greatness, preserve history and provide inspiration, the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum at Great American Ball Park is the place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Established in 1958, the Reds Hall of Fame is the oldest continually operating team Hall of Fame in all of baseball. Since its inception, 81 players, managers and executives have been honored with induction. The museum features 15,000 square feet of historical, interactive and educational exhibits, highlighting the rich and storied tradition of the Reds for fans of all ages. Plan your visit at or by calling (513) 765-7923.

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