Ball point pen on the morning newsprint

I grew up a Yankee fan, as was my dad before me, so it seems like I knew Bobby Murcer. He signed with the yanks in 1964, was called up in 65 to play shortstop, served in the military from 67-68, became a regular in 69 as an outfielder, was a five time All Star, had the second highest batting average in 1971 batting .331. a gold glove winner and fifth in MVP voting in 72. He was traded away to SF for Bobby Bonds and also played for the Cubs, but he returned to the yanks and played in the 1980 and 81 post seasons. He was the only player to play alongside Mickey Mantle and Don Mattingly. Upon retirment, he became a broadcaster in 83. He spent one year as Yankee assistant GM, but returned to the broadcast booth until he lost his battle with cancer this weekend. Somewhere in my attic I have a ball he signed for my son. He was a genuinely nice guy and it came across in his broadcasting. He was 62.

  1. dan
    July 14, 2008 -

    I'd also like to add that he was a great team player choosing to retire mid season so the Yankees could make room on the roster for Mattingly. How many players today would do that? GREAT YANKEE

  2. July 14, 2008 -

    Thanks Dan, you're right. I guess Murcer, having a career that spanned three decades, remembered when sacrificing used to be a big part of the game. Good point!

  3. July 14, 2008 -

    62! Boy, that sounds awfully young now to me. My son and brother were both huge baseball fanatics, and this is sad. lovely portrait and tribute, as always.