Joe Morgan Is Officially Full of Crap

Joe MorganIf there’s anything that could possibly make Jon Miller sound bad, it’s Joe Morgan. The guy is just horrible. He rambles on about every single little detail in a telecast and never lets go. And he makes a manager picking his nose sound like it’s a complicated baseball matter — some sort of sign being given out. Anyways, Awful Announcing points out the latest on Joe Morgan, a column from Phil Mushnick exposing the fraud that is Joe Morgan:

Cardinals-Phillies was part of ESPN’s pathetic “Sunday Night Baseball” coverage. The Phillies were about to become the first Major League Baseball team to 10,000 losses. And Joe Morgan, ESPN’s No. 1 baseball analyst, a fellow whose wisdom is often laced with convoluted, confounding and contradictory nonsense, was moved to tell a national audience about the significant role he played in Phillies history.

The year, Morgan told us, was 1964, that calamitous season when the Phillies blew a 61/2-game lead with 12 games left by losing 10 straight. Morgan said he made his major-league debut late in ’64, against the Phillies. And it was in that game that his RBI single beat the Phillies, extending their infamous losing streak to eight or nine.

Morgan added that Phillies manager Gene Mauch was so upset he threw over the buffet table in the clubhouse, hollering that his club had just been beaten by “a Little Leaguer!”

Great story. But unless Morgan was confusing himself with Reds rookie infielder Chico Ruiz, it never happened. As several readers were moved to write, the Phillies played the Reds, Braves and Cardinals during that losing streak; Houston wasn’t in the mix.

Furthermore, Morgan, though called up in 1964, did not have an RBI that season for Houston.

And he did not make his big-league debut in ’64, either. That came Sept. 21, 1963, when he went 0-for-1, pinch-hitting against the Phillies.

Al Martin and George O’Leary think that’s far-fetched. Now, if only ESPN could clean up Sunday Night Baseball and get a real analyst in the booth — you know, like Harold Reynolds — then all would be well in this world. Until then, we must suffer through the obvious crap this guy spews on a weekly basis. The horror.

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  • http://www.fanprophet.com FanProphet

    Joe Morgan has always been full of crap!

  • http://psamp.blogspot.com tecmo_bowl_bo_jackson

    Hahaha great Al Martin reference.

  • http://pointguardu.com NICK

    There is always one of these guys in every company in the world. It is to bad to cuz i liked joe morgan. Leave it to ESPN

  • Gene

    Your description of Morgan’s work is oh so accurate. The guy tries to take the simple game of baseball and make it seem like all of the players are grand masters of chess in every decision and adjustment they make.

    It doesn’t surprise me that Morgan would project himself into the 1964 NL pennant race. One can only wonder how many more of those anecdotes have left his lips over the years.

    I’ll bet his retraction will not be a full-fleged admission of being wrong. That’s not his style.

    Joe Morgan was a great player and he is a nice dresser. let’s leave it at that.

  • http://sportsyenta.blogspot.com/ Phillips

    Wow an Al Martin reference? Kudos to you Larry, that was excellent and well placed. Hey um did you know I played safety at USC? No seriously…

  • http://www.partmule.com PartMule

    Larry – you gotta understand. Bugger pickin’ is timeless. You can’t blame Joe. He’s a a Big Red ‘Bugger’ Machine. Joe, Pete (Rose), and Cesar (Geronimo) were perfecting the science of picking in the carefree 70’s when snot was in vogue.

    P.S. – forgive my angle, but as soon as I see “picking his nose” I’m completely distracted.

  • orula

    Joe Morgan is an egomaniac!!!!!!

  • Rod44

    In tonight’s Sunday night game between St. Louis and Atlanta, as Willie Harris came to the plate, Joe and Jon are discussing his previous evenings 6-hit night. Joe says he once had a six-hit night as though it was a regular event (keeping in mind that Harris’ accomplishment was the first for a Brave since 1970 and before that it was before the turn of the 20th century). What Joe neglected to mention was that his 6-hit night was in an extra inning ball game. He wears me out with his self promotion and redundancies. He is catching up with Tim McCarver on my most unlistenable baseball announcer list.

  • Steve

    I am far from a Morgan fan bu a little research (all ofabout 60 seconds) shows that Morgan’s first MLB hit was v Philadelphia in his second MLB game. It was a RBI single that won the game. here is the link to the game info.


  • Rod44

    So basically all Joe missed was the year and the fact that his hit in ’63 had nothing to do with a Phillies swoon in ’64. I’m confident the Mauch quote is accurate, though.

  • http://www.newask.org Jakob

    This is exactly what I expected to find out after reading the title Joe Morgan Is Officially Full of Crap. Thanks for informative article

  • JohnW

    I lived in Cincinnati during the years of the Big Red Machine. Little Joe was a legend in his own mind then and still is. He was an outstanding player but a blowhard and egomaniac at the same time. It got sickening reading his quotes in the paper each day. You would think he was the guy who ever played the game well. I get tired of listening to him on ESPN, too. He alsways works in the refeences to his playing career.

    Oh, well. It is what it is.


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  • Gary

    The story is basically correct, but Morgan got the year wrong. He really did it on Sept. 22, 1963, beating the Phillies with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 9th for his first major league hit. Mauch did overturn the buffet table and yell and scream at his players, but the Phillies were in 5th place at the time, not battling for the pennant as they would in 1964.

    Just Google “mauch buffet table” and you’ll find a Baseball Digest article from 1973 with the details.