Morgan the ‘heart and soul’ of Reds UYA

CINCINNATI — Drive along Seymour Ave. in the Roselawn section of Cincinnati and you will see Joe Morgan Way. If you make the turn, you will see a legacy of the man the street is named for — the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy. Without Morgan’s efforts, the facility

CINCINNATI — Drive along Seymour Ave. in the Roselawn section of Cincinnati and you will see Joe Morgan Way. If you make the turn, you will see a legacy of the man the street is named for — the P&G MLB Cincinnati Reds Youth Academy.

Without Morgan’s efforts, the facility may never have stood there. Morgan died on Oct. 11 at the age of 77 after battling a long illness. The next day, the academy re-opened after being shut down for months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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“The guts of our facility, the guts of our programs clearly are impacted by Joe’s vision and leadership,” said Charley Frank, executive director of the Reds Community Fund. “He passed away Oct. 11, but it became news to most people on Oct. 12. The timing of it was very poignant for us and made us reflect on how important Joe was in our ability to reach this point where we have this world class facility and layers of programs directed mostly to getting a diverse population back in the game. Joe put us on his shoulders and helped us…

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