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Reds highlight Joe Morgan

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A new exhibit looks at the career of a Reds player many baseball experts consider the best second baseman in the history of the game.  Reds Hall of Fame Executive Director Rick Walls said the  Joe Morgan exhibit that started Tuesday is part of a season-long celebration of his baseball career.

"I think it's an inspiring story because Joe was once deemed to small to play," said Walls.  "I think he carries a little chip on his shoulder with that and wants to prove people wrong.  He did it his entire career."

The exhibit includes game-used equipment, photos, memorabilia and other items from Morgan's personal collection. 

Morgan arrived in Cincinnati in 1972 in a blockbuster trade with the Astros.  He was crucial to the five division championships, three National League pennants and two World Championships the Reds won during his time with the club.  He was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 1987 and the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990.

The Reds will dedicate a statue of Morgan on September 7.  It'll be located in front of Great American Ball Park on Crosley Terrace and join the five sculptures of Reds greats that currently reside at the ballpark:  Ted Kluszewski (pictured below), Johnny Bench, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Frank Robinson.