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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Joe Morgan to lead Oktoberfest chicken dance

Reds great and Baseball Hall of Famer Joe Morgan will lead the annual World’s Largest Chicken Dance at Oktoberfest next Saturday.

Morgan, a 10-time All-Star and MVP in 1975 and 1976 when the Reds won back-to-back World Series titles, is the second former Red to lead the Chicken Dance, joining Joe Nuxhall, who did it in 2007.

“Oktoberfest-Zinzinnati has long been regarded as the largest Oktoberfest celebration in North America and the second largest in the world,” said Patrick Sheeran, vice president with the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “But in the long and storied history of the event, we have never had a chicken dancer with so much on the job experience.”

Early in his career, Morgan had trouble with his swing because he kept his back elbow down too low. Teammate Nellie Fox suggested that Morgan should flap his back arm like a chicken to keep his elbow up. He followed the advice, and Morgan’s flapping chicken arm soon became a familiar sight to baseball fans.

Repoz Posted: September 08, 2011 at 07:37 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walks Clog Up the Bases Posted: September 08, 2011 at 09:58 PM (#3919819)
How racist.
   2. Eric P. Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:16 AM (#3919908)
Has anyone in Cincinnati ever even seen a chicken?
   3. The elusive Robert Denby Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:20 AM (#3919913)
Hitler should have never written that song.
   4. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:23 AM (#3919915)
Fry Joe Morgan!
   5. The Long Arm of Rudy Law Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:30 AM (#3919922)
Nicknamed for his diminutive 5'7" stature, "Little Joe"

Joe should have never invented that nickname.
   6. frannyzoo Posted: September 09, 2011 at 12:56 AM (#3919931)
Surmising that this might be a single blip in what promises to be anything but a "all hail Morgan" thread...might I just interject that Joe Morgan was a fabulous 2B and hitter/walker?

We now resume our previously scheduled Morgan slam....

Joe Morgan...he owes me money!!! ARrrrrrrggghhhh!!!!
   7. vortex of dissipation Posted: September 09, 2011 at 02:33 AM (#3919986)
Has anyone in Cincinnati ever even seen a chicken?


They've seen turkeys fly.
   8. Meatwad Posted: September 09, 2011 at 03:21 AM (#3920010)
why celebrate oktoberfest in mid september?
   9. Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: September 09, 2011 at 03:35 AM (#3920018)
Skyline chili is horrid.
   10. Ron J Posted: September 09, 2011 at 04:19 AM (#3920037)
I've always liked the fact that the Senators of the late 60s and early 70s felt they had no use for Joe Morgan because ... well what comes up in practically every one of the scouting reports is some variation of "he's not very tall"

Direct quote from the scouting report filed before the 1977 season (after two straight MVPs) "Somewhat limited because of small body."
   11. Red Menace Posted: September 09, 2011 at 04:25 AM (#3920038)
why celebrate oktoberfest in mid september?


Traditional Oktoberfests start in September and end in the first weekend of October. It's part of German immigrants' larger Do What We Say Festival.
   12. OCF Posted: September 09, 2011 at 06:07 AM (#3920053)
It's part of German immigrants' larger Do What We Say Festival.

I'm pretty sure that when my wife was growing up in New Braunfels, TX, Wurstfest (referenced in the video above) was usually in November. Of course, they called it "Wurstfest" and not "Oktoberfest." But the same general idea.
   13. Swoboda is freedom Posted: September 09, 2011 at 11:21 AM (#3920072)
It's part of German immigrants' larger Do What We Say Festival.

Damn Germans always forcing people to drink beer.

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