Eddie Murray had a successful beginning to his 21-year career, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1977. He became a model of consistency, thus earning him the nickname “Steady Eddie”. He was an outstanding defensive first baseman for 13 years for the Baltimore Orioles, winning 3 Gold Gloves, and being named an All-Star 8 times. He was an important member and team leader of the 1983 World Champion Orioles. Murray was dangerous from both sides of the plate and holds the lifetime record as a switch hitter for RBIs (1917), and is 2nd only to Mickey Mantle in home runs. He was the 3rd player in history to top 3000 hits and 500 home runs, finishing his career with 3255 hits and 504 homers. In 1996, he appropriately hit his 500th as a member of the Orioles. He also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Cleveland Indians and Anaheim Angels. His #33 was retired in 1998, and there was a statue erected to honor him outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards in 2012.
Murray holds the career record for Sacrifice Flies with 128.
July 21, 2012