Sun archives: Eddie Murray

Eddie Murray

Eddie Murray played for the Orioles from 1977-1988 and 1996 and won a World Series championship with the club in 1983. During his career he was an eight-time all-star and was the 1977 American League Rookie of the Year. Murray finished his career with a .287 batting average, 3,255 hits and 504 home runs, making him one of only four players to have 3,000 hits and 500 home runs. He was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2003 and his No. 33 jersey was retired by the Orioles in 1998. (Baltimore Sun / September 6, 1996)

Sun archives: Eddie Murray

July 28, 2003

Hall of Fame

Sharing greatest stage

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Eddie Murray's first major league mentor had a seat close to the stage at yesterday's Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. So did the guy who lost his position when Murray took over as Orioles first baseman late in his rookie season.

July 28, 2003

Murray's words touch all bases

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. - Eddie Murray may be a man of few words, but for 18 minutes yesterday, he poured out his heart to a crowd of 18,000 that showed up for the 2003 Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the Clark Sports Center.

7:42 PM EDT, July 27, 2003

Excerpts from Eddie Murray's speech

Excerpts from Eddie Murray's speech at Cooperstown:

July 27, 2003

From start, kid had clout

He hustled up to the plate, as always, waggled his bat once and locked onto the pitcher. There 10-year-old Eddie Murray stood, stock-still, eyes fixed on the baseball headed his way.

July 27, 2003

Baseball Hall of Fame

From both sides

Eddie Murray's name connotes clutch hits, consistent run production and the "Ed-die" chant that shook Memorial Stadium in the 1970s and 1980s. But it also connotes a cool, aloof figure who kept many at a distance.

July 27, 2003

Laura Vecsey: '96 was balm in healing process

WILL they chant his name in Cooperstown, the way they used to at Memorial Stadium, when the quiet kid out of Los Angeles took over first base for the Orioles, then never stopped producing hits and homers and runs, all the way back to Camden Yards?

July 27, 2003

Mike Preston: Star deserved far better than treatment he got

WHEN Eddie Murray is inducted into the Hall of Fame today, Major League Baseball will show an appreciation of the superstar that he didn't receive as a player, either nationally or in Baltimore.

July 27, 2003

Study was his swing factor

If Eddie Murray made it look easy, then he can add illusionist to his long list of baseball skills.

July 27, 2003

Road to fame a steady line drive

Power. Consistency. Durability.

July 27, 2003

A full count on Murray


July 27, 2003

Hall of Fame Orioles

Eddie Murray will be the 11th modern Oriole in the Hall of Fame, joining Luis Aparicio, Reggie Jackson, George Kell, Lee MacPhail, Jim Palmer, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Earl Weaver and Hoyt Wilhelm. A capsule look at the four who made their biggest impact as Orioles:

January 17, 2003

As his pain relents, Murray reflects

NEW YORK - Former Orioles superstar Eddie Murray has had a week to digest the prospect of his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July, and he still is trying to get his arms around it.

January 8, 2003

Switch-hitting experiment paid off

The Orioles knew they had something special at Double-A Asheville in 1975, even if Eddie Murray wasn't showing it at the plate.

January 2, 2003

Eddie Murray at a glance

At a glance

December 4, 2002

Laura Vecsey: Kind words for Murray, the man of few words

AN OLD FRIEND of Eddie Murray's has already penned the former Oriole's induction speech for this summer's Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony. The ballots were released Sunday, and results of voting will be made public on Jan. 7.

June 7, 1998

Unembraceable Murray gets hug

The Orioles today confirm the obvious. No one will ever again wear No. 33 except Eddie Murray. Part celebration and perhaps part healing, the team and its longtime first baseman, current bench coach and future Hall of Famer will participate in the official retirement of Murray's jersey this afternoon at Camden Yards.

November 25, 1997

Career move gets Murray back home

The next phase of Eddie Murray's professional career has brought him back where it began, in the Orioles' organization. To the place where his uniform number is retired, the place where he'll begin the transition from future Hall of Fame player to coach.

September 8, 1996

Eddie Murray: homers to remember

June 23, 1979: One night after Doug DeCinces' ninth-inning homer stunned Detroit and started "Orioles magic," Murray kept it going in the opener of a doubleheader. Trailing by a run in the ninth inning, the Orioles put two on with one out for Murray, who won it, 8-6, with a homer off the Tigers' John Hiller, against whom Murray had been 0-for-8 in his career.

September 7, 1996

Murray hits No. 500

Eddie Murray's timing was impeccable. On the one-year anniversary of Cal Ripken's historic 2,131st consecutive game, Murray launched his 500th home run and became only the third player in baseball history to reach both 500 homers and 3,000 hits.

August 3, 1995

In '83 Series, a vintage performance

The post-game celebration of the Orioles' 1983 World Series victory over the Philadelphia Phillies remains etched in traveling secretary Phil Itzoe's mind. The team ran out of champagne, and he had to find more.

July 1, 1995

Murray hits major milestone

MINNEAPOLIS -- Eddie Murray became the 20th player in history to get 3,000 hits last night, and did two things he rarely does.

December 3, 1993

Former Orioles Murray, Martinez sign with Indians

Eddie Murray remains a former Oriole.

November 22, 1991

Ed-die deserves second shot from O's fans

This weekend he's in town to participate in the Winterfest for Literacy, a baseball autograph and memorabilia show to benefit the Ripken Learning Center. Next week an exhibit he underwrote for $20,000 opens at the Baltimore Museum of Art.

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