Saturday, July 12, 2008

Bobby Murcer, Yankee for Life

Bobby Murcer came out of Oklahoma in 1965 with the promise of being the next Mickey Mantle, which of course he would never be, but playing mostly for the Yankees, he hit 252 home runs and had 1,862 hits and a .277 career batting average. In 1971, he hit a career-high .331, was the runner-up for the American League batting title, and he became adept at bunting. The next year, he won a Gold Glove. He was named to five All-Star teams, from 1971 to 1974 while with the Yankees and in 1975 while with the San Francisco Giants. On June 24, 1970, he hit four consecutive home runs in a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians. he moved to the broadcasting booth in 1983. The All Star game takes place at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday, in this final season before the House comes down. Our condolences to Our Man Elli.

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