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Bobby Murcer

Baseball Player
Male
Born May 20, 1946

Bobby Ray Murcer was an American Major League Baseball outfielder who played for 17 seasons between 1965 and 1983, mostly with the New York Yankees, whom he later rejoined as a longtime broadcaster. A Gold Glove winner and five-time All-Star, Murcer led the American League in on-base percentage in 1971, and in runs and total bases in 1972.… Read More

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  • The Last Game At Yankee Stadium, September 21, 2008
    Huffington Post - Oct 03, 2013
  • Book Details Life With The Boss, The Yankees
    Bronx News - Sep 07, 2012
  • Yanks Honor Old Timers With Win Over Sox
    Bronx News - Jul 02, 2012
  • Yankees Elder Statesman
    Bronx News - Jul 02, 2012

Timeline

Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Bobby Murcer.

CHILDHOOD

1946 Birth Born on May 20, 1946.

TEENAGE

Murcer signed a contract with Yankees' scout Tom Greenwade, the same scout who signed fellow Oklahoman Mickey Mantle (Murcer's baseball hero). Murcer signed for a $10,000 bonus in June 1964.
1965 19 Years Old His first hit in the major leagues, in 1965, was a home run that won the game for the Yankees. … Read More

TWENTIES

1966 - 1972 13 More Events
On March 6, 1973, Murcer asked for and received a $100,000 salary for the upcoming season, making him only the third Yankee to make six figure. … Read More
In early 1974, along with Mickey Mantle, Murcer flew to Washington, D.C. to visit with Senator Edward Kennedy's (D-MA) son, Teddy, who recently had a right leg amputated due to cancer. … Read More
Murcer was traded to the San Francisco Giants for Bobby Bonds in 1975 in baseball's first-ever even swap of $100,000 superstar players. … Read More

THIRTIES

1976 30 Years Old 1 More Event
On April 6, 1976, the Associated Press reported that Murcer signed for a reported $175,000, making him the highest paid player in Giants history and gave him about a $25,000 raise over his 1975 salary. … Read More
On February 12, 1977, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in a 5-player deal that sent 2-time defending National League batting champion Bill Madlock to San Francisco.
In 1978 he was 8th in the league with 15 intentional walks and walked a total of 80 times, which was ninth in the NL for the second time in a row. … Read More
1979 33 Years Old On June 26, 1979, Murcer returned to the Yankees in a trade for Paul Semall and cash. … Read More
Murcer was 5th in the league in 1980 with 9 sacrifice flies.
On opening day in 1981 vs Texas, Murcer hit a pinch-hit grand slam at Yankee Stadium. … Read More
1982 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Prior to the 1982 season Murcer signed a three-year, $1.12 million contract with the Yankees.
On June 1, 1983, Murcer hit his 100th career home run at Yankee Stadium, which was the 252nd and final home run of his career.
1984 38 Years Old Since baseball's contracts are guaranteed Murcer collected the remainder of his contract (estimated at $360,000 a year) through 1984.
1985 39 Years Old 1 More Event
A 1985 comeback attempt ended after four minor league games where Murcer went 1 for 12 before suffering a shoulder injury. … Read More

FORTIES

1987 41 Years Old In 1987, George Steinbrenner hired Murcer to coach left-handed hitters.
1989 43 Years Old In 1989, he became partial owner of the Class AAA baseball team in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma City 89ers. … Read More

FIFTIES

1998 52 Years Old Murcer continued to call games on WPIX until 1998, when the station lost the rights to broadcast the Yankees (they would pick up the broadcast rights to the Mets instead). … Read More
2001 55 Years Old He would remain there until 2001 (calling, among other games, David Cone's 1999 perfect game), and then moved to the YES Network to call the games there and on its broadcast partners (originally WCBS, now WWOR-TV), with a reduced workload. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2006 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In July 2006, Aduddell Industries of Oklahoma City named Murcer as corporate spokesperson. … Read More
Murcer made his first post-operative appearance on fellow Yankee broadcaster Michael Kay's radio show on WEPN on January 23, 2007. … Read More
In January 2008, he was honored by the New York Chapter of the BBWA as the winner of the "You Gotta Have Heart" award for his battle against cancer.
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