It’s appropriate that the prompt for today is “ball,” because today is former Atlanta Braves outfielder Dale Murphy‘s 60th birthday!
Dale was such a big part of the good teams the Braves had in the early 1980’s that his number 3 has been retired by the organization. Sad to say he probably will never be enshrined at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY as one of the game’s greatest, because if any player deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, he does. What he meant to the Braves as a player and a human being is what the Hall of Fame was intended for. The proof of that was the way he agreed to be traded in 1990. He could see that the Braves were anxious to move David Justice, one of their hottest prospects, to right field, and told the team that, if they could make the team better by trading him, they shouldn’t hesitate. They sent Murph to the Philadelphia Phillies for several players who never figured in the team’s future. David Justice went on a tear after that, hitting 28 home runs that year, most of them after Murphy had left. Both men are members of the Braves Hall of Fame, and I think it suits them just fine.
We still see Murph from time to time. He’s an occasional member of the broadcast team, providing color commentary, and he’s still a fan favorite. He’s a real clean-cut character, a faithful Mormon, and an example for young players everywhere.
Happy 60th, Dale Murphy! I’m right behind you…
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda Hill, who has all the rules over at her place.