Dale Murphy's children campaign for their 'Hall of Fame' father

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  • activ2004 Clearfield, UT
    Dec. 19, 2012 3:35 p.m.

    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.

  • USNGary South Jordan, UT
    Dec. 18, 2012 9:21 p.m.

    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.

  • Trent Toone
    Dec. 18, 2012 4:20 p.m.

    LizT - Thanks for your help. I have added a link to Madison Murphy's essay.

  • LizT ,
    Dec. 18, 2012 3:21 p.m.

    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.