Joe Morgan acknowledges the crowd as he walks onto the field during a celebration of the Big Red Machine Great Eight starting lineup at Great American Ball Park on Sept. 6, 2013. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

By: Zach McAuliffe

CINCINNATI — Joe Morgan, second baseman of the Big Red Machine and Reds and Baseball Hall of Fame member, has died at the age of 77.

“The Reds family is heartbroken,” Reds CEO Bob Castellini said. “Joe was a giant in the game and was adored by the fans in this city… He had a lifelong loyalty and dedication to this organization that extended to our current team and front office staff. As a cornerstone on one of the greatest teams in baseball history, his contributions to this franchise will live forever. Our hearts ache for his Big Red Machine teammates.”

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