When most teams can’t get a draft pick to sign his contract, it’s
because the player wants more money.Not Dale Murphy.The Atlanta Braves drafted
Murphy with the fifth pick in the first round in 1974 and offered him a
number.“He told me it was too much money, to take it back and
reconsider,” said longtime Braves scouting supervisor Paul Snyder.The
Braves cut the offer by $5,000, and Murphy then accepted. By the end of his
career, Murphy had proven to be one of the biggest bargains the Braves ever had.
You can put him in a class with a Mays and an Aaron because he can
beat you with his glove, and he can beat you with a home run," said Joe
Torre, one of Murphy’s managers in Atlanta.Murphy finished his
career with 2,111 hits, 398 home runs, 1,266 RBI, 1,197 runs scored and a .265
batting average. His jersey has been retired by the Atlanta Braves.I
hope we do not let this honor pass by him once again. He is the modern day hero
we are looking for.
I would LOVE to see Dale Murphy in the Hall of Fame. He was baptized in my
hometown of Greenwood SC and he stayed in touch with my family even after he
made it to the big leagues. I remember driving to Atlanta to watch him play.
My dad and I would drive all over to see him speak at a stake center all over
the south. As a little leaguer I tried to play the game like he did, even gave
myself the nickname of Murph Jr. Of all the people to ever play the game, Dale
Murphy should have been a first year inductee. His numbers of total bases for
the decade of the 80's are the best of any player that played the game
during that 10 year history. It would be a shame to not see his name in the
Hall of Fame and if he were to be left out, I will always remember it as the
Hall of Shame for not letting him in.
LizT - Thanks for your help. I have added a link to Madison Murphy's essay.
Good article, Trent, but don't forget the excellent essay by Dale
Murphy's daughter, Madison. I tried to post the link, but this site
won't let me. It's found in the recent story about son's cartoon.