Joe Morgan (manager)

Joe Morgan (Manager)

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Joseph Michael Morgan (born November 19, 1930 in Walpole, Massachusetts) is a retired American infielder, manager, coach and scout in Major League Baseball.

Early life

Morgan graduated from Walpole High School and attended Boston College, where he played baseball and varsity hockey. He was a high scoring hockey center who led the Eagles in points as a junior. Was also elected as team captain for the baseball team his junior year. He signed his first professional baseball contract with his then-hometown National League team, the Boston Braves.

Playing career

When he finally made Major League Baseball in , after military service and a long stint in the minor leagues, the team had become the Milwaukee Braves. Morgan, a left-handed-hitting second baseman, third baseman and outfielder, put up several strong seasons at the Double-A and Triple-A levels. But he could not crack the Braves' lineup, nor those of the Philadelphia Phillies, Kansas City Athletics, Cleveland Indians and St. Louis Cardinals. In parts of four major league seasons, he appeared in just 88 games and batted only .193.

Managerial career

In 1966, Morgan became a manager in the farm system of the Pittsburgh Pirates, rising in 1970 to the AAA level, managing the Columbus Jets of the International League. In 1971, the team moved to Charleston, West Virginia. He served as a Pittsburgh coach under Bill Virdon in before returning to the minors. In 1973, Morgan's Charleston Charlies won 85...
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