Daily Sports Smile: Late MLB Hall of Famer Joe Morgan honored with special mural

The newly dedicated Joe Morgan mural was created on the side of the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy.
Jaylon Thompson
USA TODAY Sports Plus

Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan left a profound impact whenever he stepped on a baseball diamond.

Morgan was apart of the Cincinnati Reds organization and was a terrific athlete. His career influenced several people both on and off the field. 

Last year, Morgan died at 77 years old. To celebrate his legacy, Cincinnati honored Morgan with a special mural at the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy.

The mural was unveiled on Oct. 9. Several players from the Youth Academy were present to witness the new addition.

Local artist Brent Billingsley spoke at the mural dedication. Billingsley led a team of group of artists in creating the mural. He mentioned he didn't know much about baseball, but Morgan's story was heartwarming. 

"I got Joe Morgan all over my house now," Billingsley said. ... "His story inspired me. When you are inspired, you should act like you've been inspired."

Morgan was a key member of the famous “Big Red Machine” teams in the early 1970s.

In his Reds career, Morgan made eight All-Star teams. He also won consecutive National League Most Valuable Player awards in 1975 and 1976. In both seasons, the Reds won the World Series.

Morgan’s former teammate and Reds Hall of Famer George Foster was also in attendance. Foster played with the Reds from 1971-1981. He said that Morgan was a truly special person to be around. 

“There is a guy that is not only a great player, but a great human being,” Foster said. “Anything he set his mind to do, he achieved. He felt there is nothing that is going to stand in my way to achieve what I need to do.”

Morgan's influence on baseball will forever be remembered. His MLB journey will continue to inspire the next great athletes of the future.