In his latest ESPN.com article
, Joe Morgan writes: "When I was in college, I wrote my thesis on the Negro leagues." He also says he got an A.
Now. I'm not saying Joe Morgan never went to college. Even I, a guy who writes for a website called "FIRE JOE MORGAN," could not possibly believe that Joe Morgan would fabricate some sort of collegiate experience if he never enrolled in any sort of post-high school academic institution.
That said, here are some facts:
1.) Baseball Almanac plainly states
that Joe Morgan did not attend any college. I don't put too much stock in this, as they don't list any nicknames for Joe Morgan neither. ("Little Joe" might be terrible, but it's still a nickname. Ditto "The Little General.")
2.) I've been searching online for about an hour now, and I can't find any evidence that Joe Morgan went to college. I could be missing something, or it just might not be out there. I'm this close to signing up for a trial membership to Encyclopedia Brittanica online, which seems to have a more complete Joe Morgan bio than any other site.
3.) Joe morgan was all of 20 years old (and like 2 days) when he played his first major league game, in September of 1963.
So, did 19-year-old Joe Morgan write and complete a thesis -- not just a paper, but a thesis
-- just before playing in the big leagues, at some college that can't be found in any internet search?
Please help me solve this mystery. **MYSTERY SOLVED. Check comments.**