Dale Murphy 1983 NL MVP Atlanta Braves Autographed Signed OML Baseball COA
~~THIS ONE IS A BEAUTY!!
Great looking single signed baseball by former 1983 NL MVP...Dale Murphy.
Let's face it...this guy deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.
Dale began his career in 1976 with the Atlanta Braves. He played with the Braves 1976-90, Philadelphia Phillies 1990-92 and Colorado Rockies 1993. During his career, he banged out 2111 hits (including 350 doubles, 39 triples and 398 HR's) in 7960 at bats for a .265 batting average. Dale was named to 7 NL All-Star teams (1980, 1982-87), won 5 consecutive Gold Glove Awards (1982-86), led all NL players in games played 4 consecutive seasons with 162 (1982-85), was the NL HR champ 2x (1984 - 36 and 1985 - 37), hit 2 HR's in one inning on 7/27/89, hit 3 HR's in a game on 5/18/79 and was named the National League MVP in 1982 and 1983. Dale signed the sweet spot of this OML Allan H. Selig baseball on Saturday May 15, 2010 with a blue ballpoint pen and he also inscribed underneath his name, "NL MVP 1983", to note his accomplishment.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia...
Dale Bryan Murphy (b. March 12, 1956, Portland, Oregon) is a former outfielder and catcher in Major League Baseball.
Murphy is regarded by many as one of the premier players during the 1980s. His best years were with the Atlanta Braves, appearing in the All-Star Game seven times, and leading the National League in home runs and RBI twice; he also led the major leagues in home runs and runs batted in over the 10-year span from 1981 to 1990. He led the National League in games, at bats, runs, hits, extra base hits, RBI, runs created, total bases, and plate appearances in the 1980s. He also accomplished a 30-30 season in 1983, at the time only the 6th player since 1922 to do so. His 1983 MVP year is the only time in major-league history a player has compiled a .300 batting average, 30 home runs, 120 runs batted in, 130 runs scored, 90 bases on balls, and 30 stolen bases with fewer than 10 times caught stealing.
In addition, Murphy also won five consecutive Gold Glove Awards, and won two consecutive MVP awards in 1982 and 1983, making him one of only four outfielders in major league history with consecutive MVP years, and the youngest ever to do so at the time. Also, between 1981 and 1986, Murphy played in 740 consecutive games, at the time the 11th longest such streak in baseball history (since then passed by Miguel Tejada and Cal Ripken).
As a fielder
Murphy did not begin his career as an outfielder. He began as a catcher, but had difficulties throwing out runners attempting stolen bases. Also, his knees were taking a good amount of pounding from trying to catch teammate Phil Niekro's knuckleballs behind the plate. He was moved briefly to first base (he led all National League first basemen in errors with 23 in 1978) and left field, before reaching the peak of his success playing center field and eventually right field, being widely considered the best all-around player in the major leagues for the 6-year span between 1982-1987.
His professional baseball career began in 1976 and ended in 1993; he also played for the Philadelphia Phillies and Colorado Rockies franchises. He finished his career with 398 home runs (19th in MLB history at the time of his retirement) and a .265 batting average. He reached the playoffs only once, in 1982, where the Braves were eliminated in the first round by the St. Louis Cardinals. His jersey number "3" was retired by the Atlanta Braves on June 13, 1994.
Murphy's clean-living habits
Murphy's clean-living habits off the diamond were conspicuous in a league wracked by illegal drugs and salary controversies. A devout Latter-day Saint, commonly known as a "Mormon", Murphy did not drink alcohol, would not allow women to be photographed embracing him, and paid his teammates' dinner checks (as long as alcohol was not on the tab). He also refused to give television interviews unless he was fully dressed. Murphy had been introduced to Mormonism by Barry Bonnell, a teammate early in his career.
For several years, the Atlanta Constitution ran a popular weekly column, where Murphy responded to young fans' questions and letters. Murphy's TV commercials usually had him advertising milk, ice cream, and Canon cameras. In a scene reminiscent of The Pride of the Yankees, Murphy once promised a disabled girl in the stands he'd hit a home run for her, and ended up hitting two in the game. In 1987, he shared Sports Illustrated magazine's "Sportsmen and Sportswomen of the Year" award with seven others, characterized as "Athletes Who Care", for his work with numerous charities, including the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Georgia March of Dimes and the American Heart Association.
Murphy has recently come out as one of the more vocal critics of Barry Bonds' home runrecord chase and steroid allegations. On August 6, 2007, Murphy called Sports Radio AM 1280 The Zone in Salt Lake City to offer the following sentiments:
"This is a great teaching moment for a parent. You can explain to your kids why you're not watching and why it doesn't interest you. ...Even in a court of a law you can have a preponderance of circumstantial evidence to convict somebody. Now, maybe I'm wrong, but when you get enough stuff on a guy, you can make a decision and it's just really a no-brainer. The guy would have been one of the great ones, anyway. But now, he sucked the fun and the life right out of it. I mean, there is enough evidence to me to say without a doubt he used performance-enhancing drugs. He hit 73 home runs when he was 37. I mean, Hank would have hit 855 if he had this same advantage. Barry's a great player, there's no question about it, but he put an asterisk by his name on his own. He's deserved all the negative publicity that he's getting. I mean, people are calling up and complaining that he's being treated unfairly. You know, life just usually isn't like that. You don't usually get treated unfairly. You usually get what you deserve. This is what Barry deserves. He's a hard guy to like. He's a hard teammate to have and, you know, he's set a terrible example for our kids. That's what you say to your kids. This is what happens when you take steroids. Your dad doesn't want to watch this because this is drug abuse, basically, as we all know. I am not really trying to jump on the last caller, but he's a Giants fan. Giants fans love it and they are blinded for some reason. But most people put an asterisk by it."
After his baseball career ended, Murphy became more active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. From 1997 to 2000, he served as president of the Massachusetts Boston Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Murphy was at one point said to be considering a run for Utah governor in 2004, but failed to generate enough interest within the Republican Party.
In 1997, Dale was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame & Museum.
In 2008, he was appointed to the National Advisory Board for the national children's charity Operation Kids. He currently lives in Alpine, Utah.
As an author
Dale Murphy has written three books. The first, The Scouting Report on Professional Athletics, elaborates details of the professional athlete's lifestyle. Murphy discusses balancing career and family, working with agents, business management, giving back, and preparing for retirement. The book has been a success among young athletes who desire a career in sports. The list of well-known figures who offered endorsements for the book includes Joe Torre, Jason Kidd, Steve Young, Wayne Gretzky, Cal Ripken, Jr., Bobby Bowden, Bill Walton, and Mike Krzyzewski.
His second book was an autobiography titled Murph. Murphy talked about his faith and why he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He discussed the struggles of his early baseball career and how he overcame problems. It wasn't a major success; the target reader was a young LDS male, a limited demographic.
His third book, released in 2007, is titled The Scouting Report for Youth Athletics. This book contains valuable information for coaches, parents, and players involved in youth sports. Dale wrote the book in response to the negative behavior that is increasing as a result of poor examples set by professional athletes. For example, steroid use among high school athletes reached an all-time high of one million users in 2006 due to the steroid scandals splashed in the headlines. This book is intended to voice a perspective of those who want to win at all costs. Stephen Keener, President and CEO of Little League Baseball, said, "Dale understands that the desire to win and pursuit of athletic dreams must be tempered with the fact that millions of kids will leave sports at a relatively young age and enter far more important arenas where it is absolutely necessary to have a foundation of honesty, dedication, and decency. I applaud Dale for undertaking this effort and encourage every Little League coach and parent to consider his thoughts before the next season begins. It will be well worth it." Included with each book is a 50-page insert which includes contributions from Peyton Manning, Dwyane Wade, Tom Glavine, George Mitchell, Danica Patrick, Larry H. Miller, and others. In a Q&A format, they discuss the great lessons they learned from youth sports and how they apply the lessons today. There is also a section written by two world-renowned doctors about illegal performance-enhancing drug use in sports.
The Scouting Report and Youth Athletics or Professional Athletics are available online.
Dale recently started a nonprofit organization called the iWontCheat foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to promote ethics in youth athletics and deter steroid use and cheating.
Hall of Fame?
Roger Maris and Dale Murphy are the only two-time MVPs who are not in the Baseball Hall of Fame among those eligible as of 2007. Critics point out that Murphy had several weaknesses, such a mediocre lifetime average, an extremely high strikeout total, and a profound decline in production at a relatively young age (he played until 37 but had his last productive season at 34, and his last great season several years before that). With nearly ten years of eligibility for the Hall and very little current support among voters, his enshrinement is unlikely to ever happen.
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