The Summit Bank Foundation created this four-year scholarship to reward students who have overcome adversity in their journey for success in education.
Joe Morgan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1990. Raised in Oakland, Morgan was a standout at Castlemont High School. Morgan became a Cincinnati Red as part of a blockbuster multi-player deal on November 29, 1971. Due to Morgan’s success the deal is now considered one of the most one-sided trades in baseball history. To this day it is considered an epoch-making deal for Cincinnati and one of the worst/best trades in baseball’s history. The deal facilitated a shift in Reds team philosophy towards speed over power, with Morgan and outfielder Pete Rose now two key figures batting back-to-back. Morgan added unusual home run power for a second baseman to outstanding speed on the basepaths and excellent defense.
Morgan had eight consecutive All-Star Game appearances (1972–1979).
Joe Morgan drove in the winning run in Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, now ranked as one of the greatest World Series’ of all time. Morgan was also the National League MVP in 1975 and 1976. He was the first second baseman in the history of the National League to win the MVP back-to-back.
In September of 2013, the Cincinnati Reds honored Joe with a statue. It was unveiled at Great American Ball Park.