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Bobby Murcer Bobby Murcer

Spent two years proudly serving in the US Military 1967-1968

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Bobby Murcer signed with the New York Yankees as a 18-year-old in 1964. He played in the minors for most of 1965-66 and spent the 1967-68 seasons in the U.S. Army. As a rookie in 1969, Murcer hit .259, with 26 homers and 82 RBI's. On June 24, 1970 he tied an American League record by hitting four consecutive homers in a doubleheader. By 1971, Bobby Murcer was one of baseball's top stars. He appeared in the All-Star Game for five straight years, 1971-75. In 1971, he hit a career high .331, along with 25 homers, scored 94 runs, had 94 RBI's and a fine .429 on base pct. In 1972, he hit a career high 33 homers, batted .292 and led the league in runs scored with 102. In 1974, while Yankee Stadium was being renovated, the club played their home games in the Mets' Shea Stadium.

Murcer who hit 252 home runs in his career, managed to hit only 10 in 1974, no doubt the longer fences at Shea Stadium held down his power numbers. Moved to right field - In 1970 and 1973, Murcer playing centerfield led all AL outfielders in assists and won a Gold Glove for his outstanding defensive in 1972. When the Yankees obtained the brilliant fielding Elliott Maddux before the 1974 season, Murcer was moved to rightfield. Murcer complained publicly over the move, thinking of himself as Mickey Mantle's successor and figured centerfield belong to him. At the season's end, he was traded to the San Francisco Giants in a news breaking deal for Bobby Bonds.

Bobby Murcer played two solid years in the Bay City but was traded again, this time to the Chicago Cubs for Bill Madlock. Murcer quickly became a favorite in Wrigley Field when he hit 27 homers in 1977 for the Cubbies. His career had already peaked and although he recorded eight straight hits in one stretch in 1978, he managed to hit only nine homers for the year. Baseball Historian He was traded back to the Yankees in 1980. Bobby Murcer retired in June of 1983 after playing for the Yankees again for three years. His career numbers: .277 BA, 1862 hits, 285 doubles, 252 homers, 1043 RBI's, a fine .361 on-base-pct. Murcer later became a Yankee broadcaster and also a part-time owner of the Class AAA team in Oklahoma City... - The History of Baseball

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