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Eddie Murray

[[Image:|200px|Eddie Murray]]

Personal Info
Birth February 24, 1956, Los Angeles, California
Professional Career
Debut April 7, 1977, Baltimore Orioles vs. Texas Rangers, Arlington Stadium
Team(s) As Player
HOF induction: 2003
Career Highlights
*All-Star: 1978, 1981-86, 1991
  • Led the league in home runs: 1981 (22)
  • Led the league in RBIs: 1981 (81)
  • Gold Glove 1982, 1983, 1984
  • Career batting average: .287
  • Career home runs: 504

Eddie Clarence Murray (born February 24, 1956 in Los Angeles, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman who was known as one of the most reliable and productive hitters of his era, earning the nickname "Steady Eddie". Murray is regarded as one of the best switch hitters ever to play the game. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003. February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... Official language(s) English Capital Sacramento Largest city Los Angeles Area  Ranked 3rd  - Total 158,302 sq mi (410,000 km²)  - Width 250 miles (400 km)  - Length 770 miles (1,240 km)  - % water 4. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January-March January 4 - Mary Shane is hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33,42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961–present) West Division (1972–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 26,34,42 Name Texas Rangers (1972–present) Washington Senators (1961-1971) Ballpark Ameriquest Field in Arlington (1994–present) a. ... Arlington Stadium was a baseball stadium located in Arlington, Texas, located between Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33,42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) The Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986... This article is becoming very long. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33,42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 2002 AL Pennants (1) 2002 West Division titles (5) 2005 â€¢ 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1982 1979 Wild card berths (1) 2002 Major league nicknames Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005-present) Anaheim Angels (1997... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is an annual exhibition baseball game between the best players from the National League and the American League. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... February 24 is the 55th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County Incorporated April 4, 1850  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City  498. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... In baseball, a switch hitter (or switch-hitter) is a batter who is able to hit from both the right and left sides of the plate. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Contents

High school career

Murray attended Locke High School in Los Angeles, California, where he batted .500 as a senior and was a teammate of Ozzie Smith. Alain Leroy Locke High School is a Title 1 co-educational public high school located in Los Angeles, California, United States, and is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. ... Osborne Earl Smith (born December 26, 1954 in Mobile, Alabama), is a former shortstop in Major League Baseball, a 13-time Gold Glove Award winner who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002. ...


Major League Baseball Career

Murray was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd round of the 1973 amateur draft and had several successful seasons in the minor leagues. He debuted at the major league level on April 7, 1977 and played in 160 games for the Orioles in his first season. He won the American League Rookie of the Year award by batting .283, hitting 27 home runs and contributing 88 RBI. Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33,42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday. ... April 7 is the 97th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (98th in leap years). ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ...

Baseball Hall of Fame
Eddie Murray
is a member of
the Baseball
Hall of Fame

Murray did not suffer the sophomore jinx, instead building on his successes. With the Orioles from 1977 until 1988, Murray averaged 28 home runs and 99 RBI and was a perennial candidate for the MVP award, twice finishing second in the voting. The Orioles also appeared in the post-season twice, in 1979 and 1983, and won the World Series in 1983. Murray's close knit friendship with fellow Oriole Cal Ripken Jr. was highly publicized in Baltimore at the time. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (2048x1536, 915 KB) Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, NY, Feb. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 25 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related... The sophomore jinx, in baseball, refers to the tendency for a player to follow a good season in his rookie year with a disappointing season. ... See also: 1987 in sports, other events of 1988, 1989 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bobby Allison won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bill Elliott CART Racing - Danny Sullivan won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Rick Mears Formula One Championship - Ayrton... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... See also: 1978 in sports, other events of 1979, 1980 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Artistic Gymnastics World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: Mens all-around champion: Alexander Dityatin, USSR Womens all-around champion: Nellie Kim, USSR Mens team competition champion: USSR Womens team... See also: 1982 in sports, other events of 1983, 1984 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Bobby Allison Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 CART Racing - Al Unser won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Tom Sneva Formula One Championship - Nelson... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ... Genera Oriolus Sphecotheres Orioles are colourful Old World passerine birds in the family Oriolidae. ... Cal Ripken, Jr. ... Flag Seal Nickname: Monument City, Charm City, Mob Town, B-more Motto: Get In On It (formerly The City That Reads and The Greatest City in America; BELIEVE is not the official motto but rather a specific campaign) Location Location of Baltimore in Maryland Coordinates , Government Country State County United...


Murray was traded on December 4, 1988 to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Juan Bell, Brian Holton and Ken Howell and had three successful seasons with the Dodgers, knocking in 88, 95 and 96 runs. December 4th redirects here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... Juan Bell Mathey (born San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic), is a former professional baseball player who played in the Major Leagues primarily as an infielder from 1989-1995. ... Brian John Holton (born November 29, 1959 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania), is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues primarily in relief from 1985-1990. ... Kenneth Howell (born November 28, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan), is a former professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1984-1990. ...


Prior to the 1992 season, Murray signed a two-year deal with the New York Mets, for whom he played well despite playing for one of the worst teams in the major leagues. In 1993 he again drove in 100 runs, this time for the final time in his career. 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42 Name New York Mets (1962–present) Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964–present) The Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league titles World Series titles (2) 1969 â€¢ 1986 NL Pennants (4) 1969 â€¢ 1973 â€¢ 1986... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


From 1994 to 1997, Murray played for several teams, including the Cleveland Indians (1994-96), the Baltimore Orioles (1996), the Anaheim Angels (1997) and the Los Angeles Dodgers (1997). Although he no longer possessed the presence at the plate he had had in the 1980s, he was a valued and still consistent contributor for these teams. On September 6, 1996, he hit his 500th career home run -- fittingly, the home run came as a member of the Orioles, and also came exactly one year to the day that Ripken had broken Lou Gehrig's streak of 2,130 consecutive games played. He retired after the 1997 season with 504 home runs, ranking him second among switch-hitters behind Mickey Mantle's 536. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is becoming very long. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 4,5,8,20,22,33,42 Name Baltimore Orioles (1954–present) St. ... Major league affiliations American League (1961-present) West Division (1969-present) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 2002 AL Pennants (1) 2002 West Division titles (5) 2005 â€¢ 2004 â€¢ 1986 â€¢ 1982 1979 Wild card berths (1) 2002 Major league nicknames Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2005-present) Anaheim Angels (1997... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1,2,4,19,20,24,32,39,42,53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1911-1912), (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) (Also referred to as Trolley Dodgers 1911-1931) Brooklyn... September 6 is the 249th day of the year (250th in leap years). ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... In baseball statistics, games played (denoted by G) indicates the total number of games in which a player has participated (in any capacity). ... Mickey Mantle on a 1953 cover of Time Magazine. ...


Accomplishments

  • 8-time All-Star (1978, 1981-86, 1991)
  • American League Rookie of the Year (1977)
  • American League Gold Glove Award winner (1982, 1983, 1984)
  • Finished second in American League MVP voting (1982, 1983)
  • Finished fourth in American League MVP voting (1984)
  • Finished fifth in American League MVP voting (1981)
  • Finished fifth in American League MVP voting (1985)
  • Finished fifth in National League MVP voting (1990)
  • Finished 6th in American League MVP voting (1980)
  • Finished 8th in American League MVP voting (1978)
  • 504 career home runs (19th all-time) and 1917 RBIs (8th all-time)
  • 1917 RBIs rank him first among switch-hitters all-time
  • Led the Major Leagues in hitting in 1990 (.330) despite not winning the NL title
  • Holds the career record for most sacrifice flies (128)
  • His season high for home runs, 33, is the lowest of any player with over 500 career home runs
  • One of only four players to have both 3,000 career hits and 500 home runs (others are Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Rafael Palmeiro)
  • Number (33) retired by the Orioles in 1998.
  • Hit 19 grand slams (third all-time, behind Lou Gehrig's 23 and Manny Ramirez's 20)
  • In 1999, he ranked Number 77 on The Sporting News list of Baseball's Greatest Players, and was nominated as a finalist for the Major League Baseball All-Century Team.
  • Named the fifth best first baseman in Major League history in the New Bill James Historical Abstract.
  • Hit home runs from both sides of the plate in the same game 11 times, an all-time record.
  • His 222 Intentional Walks ranks 6th all time.
  • Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (2003)

American League The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ... In American baseball, the Rawlings Gold Glove Award, usually referred to simply as the Gold Glove, is the award annually given to the Major League player judged to be the most superior individual fielding performance at each position (in each league), as voted by the managers and coaches in each... In the game of baseball, both amateur and professional, it is tradition to annually recognize the one player in the league who has contributed the most to the success of the players team. ... The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs, or simply the National League, is the older of two leagues constituting Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada and the worlds oldest extant professional team sports league. ... In baseball, a home run is a base hit in which the batter is able to circle all the bases, ending at home plate and scoring a run himself (along with a run scored by each runner who was already on base), with no errors by the defensive team on... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Henry Louis Aaron (born February 5, 1934 in Mobile, Alabama) is a retired American baseball player and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. ... Willie Howard Mays Jr. ... Rafael Palmeiro Corrales (born September 24, 1964 in Havana, Cuba) is a Major League Baseball player, with a career spanning almost 20 years. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Manuel Arístides (Manny) Ramírez Onelcida [ra-MEE-res] (born May 30, 1972) is an outfielder in Major League Baseball who has played for the Boston Red Sox since 2001. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... In 1998, The Sporting News compiled a list of Baseballs Greatest Players. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, located at 62 Main Street in Cooperstown, New York, is a semi-official museum operated by private interests serving as the central point for the study of the history of baseball in the United States and beyond, the display of baseball-related...

See also

In Major League Baseball, the 500 home run club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have hit 500 or more career home runs. ... In the sport of baseball, a home run is the act of hitting the ball in such a manner, whether out of the park or in (see inside the park home run), that allows the batter to safely reach home and score in one play. ... In Major League Baseball, the 3000 hit club is an informal term applied to the group of players who have made 3000 or more career base hits. ... Only 4 players in Major League Baseball history have to their credit 3,000 career hits and 500 career home runs. ...

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Preceded by
Mark Fidrych
American League Rookie of the Year
1977
Succeeded by
Lou Whitaker
Preceded by
Reggie Jackson & Ben Oglivie
American League Home Run Champion
1981
(with Dwight Evans, Bobby Grich,
& Tony Armas)
Succeeded by
Reggie Jackson & Gorman Thomas
Preceded by
Cecil Cooper
American League RBI Champion
1981
Succeeded by
Hal McRae
Preceded by
Kirby Puckett
Major League Hitting Champion
1990
Succeeded by
Julio Franco

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Eddie Murray - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (678 words)
Murray was selected by the Baltimore Orioles in the 3rd round of the 1973 amateur draft and had several successful seasons in the minor leagues.
With the Orioles from 1977 until 1988, Murray averaged 28 home runs and 99 RBI and was a perennial candidate for the MVP award, twice finishing second in the voting.
Murray was traded on December 4, 1988 to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Juan Bell, Brian Holton and Ken Howell and had three successful seasons with the Dodgers, knocking in 88, 95 and 96 runs.
ESPN.com: MLB - Olney: Reluctant legend (1298 words)
Eddie Murray will be relieved when his induction speech is over Sunday, when the handshakes end and his membership into the Hall of Fame becomes old news.
Murray would finish his career with 504 homers, 3,255 hits, 1,917 RBI, a.287 batting average, and six seasons of 100 or more RBI in an era when the club of 100-RBI hitters was much more exclusive than it is today.
Murray, then, would hit as if he was behind in the count, or beaten by a pitch -- and swing late, or flick his wrists at a pitch just off the edge of the strike zone.
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