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Babe Ruth’s Longest-Serving Second Base Coach Dies at 77

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He was among the best-traveled second basemen, with over 2,000 games with eight major league teams.

Also known as “Bulldog” and “The Bull,” Mr. Morgan helped the Detroit Tigers win five World Series championships, including the 1966 one against the Yankees.

Mr. Morgan died on Thursday night, in the New Mexico home of his wife, Doris, after a long illness, said his son, Mike Morgan. He was 77.

Mr. Morgan was an outstanding hitter who turned up in the upper echelon of second basemen, with a .303 lifetime average. His size – 6 feet 1 and 220 pounds – made him ideal for this position. He hit 306 home runs and drove in 1,274 runs.

He helped end a 68-year World Series drought in 1984 for the Los Angeles Dodgers when he drove in the decisive run in the seventh inning of Game 5 against the New York Mets.

In the last year of his career, Mr. Morgan hurt his hip and spent a good portion of the 1986 season on the disabled list.

He also played for the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles.

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