Friday, April 28, 2006

"Steady" Eddie Murray

This smooth operatin' switch hitter was known as much for his cat-like precision from both sides of the plate as he was for his well-groomed afro-puff that went ka-pow! out of his hat. He aslo had a mastery of the pointy sideburns straight to moustache look, that is no easy feat.

Here are some of Eddie's non-follicular achievements

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 (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)
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 (second all-time, behind Lou Gehrig's 23)
In 1999, he ranked Number 77 on The Sporting News' list of the 100 Greatest Baseball 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.
Inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (2003)


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