A mural dedicated to former Cincinnati Reds player Joe Morgan will be unveiled Saturday to honor the legacy of the second base player.
The mural will be painted on the side of the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy in Roselawn and the inauguration will be on Saturday from 10am to 10.30am.
The event will be attended by a number of attendees including: Reds President and COO Phil Castellini; Reds Hall of Famer George Foster; Morgan’s daughter Lisa Morgan; PNC Bank Regional President of Greater Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky Kay Geiger; and players and coaches from the Reds RBI program and the baseball and softball teams of the Joe Morgan Association.
The mural was started in August and completed in September. Painter Brent Billingsley and a team of five artists led over 30 volunteers who helped paint the mural, including children from the Roselawn neighborhood.
Other volunteers came from Back2Back Ministries, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, and HYPE Ministries.
Morgan died in his Danville, California home in October 2020, aged 77, of nerve disease, an unspecified polyneuropathy, according to a family statement.
He was a 10-time All-Star and a two-time World Series Champion with the Big Red Machine.
Morgan played eight seasons with the Cincinnati Reds (1972-79) and was elected to the All-Star Team each year. Named the National League Most Valuable Player in 1975 and ’76, he was awarded five Gold Gloves for his exceptional defense on second base.
He was the first of the “Big Eight” from the Big Red Machine to die.
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The mural was made possible through support from PNC Bank, according to a Reds spokesman.