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Reds honoring Morgan with statue in front of park

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GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- As a member of both the National Baseball Hall of Fame and the Reds Hall of Fame, Joe Morgan's baseball resume is right up there with the best of them.

The Cincinnati Reds have already retired Morgan's No. 8 and are now bestowing the former second baseman with another honor -- a statue located in front of Great American Ball Park on Crosley Terrace.

Morgan's statue -- which will join those of Johnny Bench, Ted Kluszewski, Ernie Lombardi, Joe Nuxhall and Frank Robinson -- will be dedicated on Saturday, Sept. 7, prior to the 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The statue, albeit a tremendous honor and tribute, is only the culmination of a season-long celebration to Morgan's career.

During his 22-year career, Morgan won two World Series, five Gold Glove Awards, two National League Most Valuable Player Awards and 10 All-Star Game nods.

The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame & Museum will honor Morgan with a special exhibit, according to a news release. Morgan's exhibit will boast game-used equipment, photographs, memorabilia and other rare items from his personal collection.

Fans can donate to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum by calling (513) 765-7921 or by visiting redsmuseum.org. Contributions can result in a spot on the Joe Morgan Recognition Wall, located inside the museum.

William Boor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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