So Long, Bobby Murcer


May 20, 1946 - July 12, 2008

I remember when Bobby Murcer came up with the New York Yankees. He was from Oklahoma as was Mickey Mantle, and was suppose to be as big a star as the Mick. But he never was. Don’t get me wrong, Bobby Murcer had a great career. He made five all star teams, won a gold glove and played most of his career with the Yankees. After his dreadful season at Shea Stadium (While Yankee Stadium was being renovated) in 1974 he was traded to the Giants for Bobby Bonds. After a being sent to the Cubs he was traded back to the Yankees in 1979.

He and Thurman Munson were very close. After Munson’s untimely death in August of 1979, Murcer delivered the eulogy at Munson’s funeral. Hours later, there was a game to play. He was offered a chance to sit it out. He played, driving in all five runs in a 5-4 Yankee win. He was the only Yankee to play with both Mickey Mantle and Don Mattingly.

After his career he went straight to the broadcast booth. There we learned what a gentleman and a terrific person that Bobby was. 62 is too young an age to leave us. Bobby lost a nineteen month battle with brain cancer yesterday. A true Yankee and a terrific man was lost, but will not be forgotten.

6 comments:

Mimi Lenox said...

At 62 you're just getting started with the good stuff. So sad. Very very sad. What a life and legend.

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Mimi-
A short run for sure...

Bond said...

Beautiful Bud....

He will be missed, but he made some great memories for me...

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Vinny-
For both of us, my friend. Friday I will be The Stadium!

Travis said...

Great tribute. As I said over at Vinny's, Mercer was a Yankee I could never dislike, even as a Dodger fan.

Bud Weiser, WTIT said...

Trav-
Yes, I think he was universallt liked. Thanks!