Joe Morgan (manager)

Joe Morgan (manager)

Joe Morgan
Third baseman / Second baseman / Outfielder
Born: (1930-11-19) November 19, 1930
Walpole, Massachusetts
Batted: Left Threw: Right
MLB debut
April 14, 1959, for the Milwaukee Braves
Last MLB appearance
October 3, 1964, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
Batting average .193
Home runs 2
RBI 10

As a player:

As a manager:

Career highlights and awards

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


  • Early life 1
  • Playing career 2
  • Managerial career 3
    • Pawtucket Red Sox 3.1
    • Boston Red Sox 3.2
  • Popularity 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Early life

A native and lifelong resident of

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Don Hoak
Columbus Jets manager
Succeeded by
Franchise relocated
Preceded by
Franchise established
Red Davis
Charleston Charlies manager
Succeeded by
Red Davis
Steve Demeter
Preceded by
Darrell Johnson
Pawtucket Red Sox manager
Succeeded by
Tony Torchia
Preceded by
Tommy Harper
Boston Red Sox first-base coach
Succeeded by
Walt Hriniak
Preceded by
Tony Torchia
Boston Red Sox bullpen coach
Succeeded by
Rac Slider
Preceded by
Rene Lachemann
Boston Red Sox third-base coach
Succeeded by
Rac Slider
  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference

External links

  1. ^ "Player Bio: Joe Morgan". Player Bio. Boston College. Retrieved 18 March 2011. 
  2. ^ 1960 regular season batting log from Retrosheet
  3. ^ 1960-09-10 box score from Retrosheet
  4. ^ "Curci voted coach of year in SEC".  
  5. ^ Boston Red Sox official web site


In 2006, he was named to the Fenway Park, with Clemens among the former players participating in the festivities.[5]

Despite the playoff setbacks, Morgan was a highly popular figure in Boston as a "native son," a former hockey player, and a blue-collar hero. He was called "Walpole Joe" and "Turnpike Joe" in tribute to the offseason job he held for many years to supplement his minor league pay: driving a New England folklore, such as "Roger spun another beauty" (describing one of many stellar outings by his star pitcher, Roger Clemens), "I manage this nine!" (asserting himself to a disgruntled Jim Rice) and "Six, two and even" (a catch phrase from the old Dick Tracy radio show) .


Morgan's final big league managerial totals: 301–262 (.535) over 3½ years, all with the Red Sox. His record as a minor league manager over 16 seasons (1966–71; 1973–82) was 1,140 victories and 1,102 defeats (.508) with one league championship (with the York Pirates of the Double-A Eastern League in 1969).

In 1992 Red Sox finished last in the AL East.

In 1988 Red Sox won the AL East, but were swept by the Oakland Athletics in the American League Championship Series; two years later, the 1990 Sox repeated history, winning their division but bowing in four straight to the A's in the playoffs. Morgan holds the record for managing a team to eight straight post-season losses.

The parent Red Sox reassigned Morgan after the 1982 season, making him a scout for 1983–84 before he was finally invited to return to the Majors as Boston's first-base coach in 1985. He worked as the team's bullpen coach during the Red Sox' 1986 pennant-winning season, then replaced Rene Lachemann as Boston's third-base coach in 1987.

Boston Red Sox

Morgan switched to Pawtucket, and joined the famous 33-inning game against Rochester in 1981, though he was ejected in the 22nd. He won the International League Manager of the Year award in 1977.

Pawtucket Red Sox

Morgan was called to the Major Leagues to serve as a Pittsburgh coach under The Sporting News.[4]

In 1966, Morgan became a manager in the farm system of the Pittsburgh Pirates, rising in 1970 to Triple-A with the Columbus Jets of the International League.. In 1971, he moved with the Jets to Charleston, West Virginia, and became skipper of the Charleston Charlies.

Managerial career

In 13 seasons in the minor leagues, Morgan racked up 1,353 hits (with 117 home runs) and compiled a lifetime batting mark of .278. He was named Most Valuable Player of the Triple-A International League in 1964 after batting .290 with 16 home runs for the Jacksonville Suns.

Morgan, a runs scored powered the Indians to a 5–4 victory over the Washington Senators.[3]

Morgan stood 5 feet 10 inches (1.78 m) tall and weighed 170 pounds (77 kg) during his active career. When he finally made Major League Baseball in 1959, after military service and a long stint in the minor leagues, his parent team had become the Milwaukee Braves.

Playing career

. Boston Braves team, the National League He signed his first professional baseball contract with his then-hometown [1]