Fun Cards: “Baseball Immortals” Joe Morgan
Jay Jaffe developed a ranking system that utilizes both career WAR and a player’s seven-year peak WAR. His system, called JAWS, ranks Joe Morgan as the fourth-best second baseman of all-time, behind Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins, and Nap Lajoie. A lot of people don’t realize that Morgan spent several season with the Houston Colt .45’s/Astros before coming to the Reds in 1972. He was twice an All-Star in Houston, but the The Little General found true success in Cincinnati. As a member of the Reds from 1972-1979, Morgan was named to the All-Star team every year and won back-to-back MVPs as Cincinnati won back-to-back World Championships in 1975 and 1976. Despite all of his awesomeness, there were 81 BBWAA voters who did not think he was deserving of a spot in Cooperstown his first year on the ballot. Fortunately, he still received 81.8% support, so he cleared the 75% threshold and was inducted alongside Jim Palmer.
SSPC occasionally made questionable decisions in their photo selections. They showed Ralph Kiner with the Indians rather than the Pirates, and Frank Robinson with the Dodgers rather than the Reds or Orioles. I decided to have a little fun and use a picture of Morgan with Oakland as an alternative to the more logical Cincinnati card. Consider this a “fun card” SP.