Morgan recalled the unveiling of Bench’s sculpture two years ago.
“I remember him saying, ‘This is the greatest day of my career,’” Morgan said. “I started fiddling with my Hall of Fame ring, because as a player, the ultimate goal is to get to the Hall of Fame.”
He paused and looked at Bench, seated behind him and to his right.
“Johnny, you were right,” Morgan continued. “Today is a better day. The Hall of Fame is about numbers and playing on great teams. You only get a statue or a sculpture if they want you to be remembered.”
The ceremonies concluded with an on-field celebration before the Reds-Dodgers game that ended with Morgan throwing a ceremonial first pitch to Bench while their former teammates manned their old positions, delighting a sellout crowd.