One of baseball’s premier players, Dale Murphy originally broke into the Braves starting lineup as a first baseman and catcher, before being shifted to centerfield, where he collected five consecutive Gold Gloves. Braves manager Bobby Cox said, ‘He was so big, and had a powerful throwing arm, it was hard to get organized to make a good throw for him while playing catcher. That’s the only reason he was converted.
He became a great outfielder. Not just a good one.’ The 6-ft, 5-inch, 215-pounder was rated as one best all-around players in the 1980s. Dale Murphy was voted the National League Most Valuable Player in 1982 and in1983, when he lined 36 homers in each year.