Eddie Murray: homers to remember

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

Oct. 4, 1979: Murray's first postseason homer was a three-run shot offCalifornia's Mark Clear in Game 2 of the 1979 playoffs. It gave the Orioles an8-1 lead in the second inning, but it turned out they needed every run theycould get. The Angels rallied with six runs in the last three innings beforefalling, 9-8.

Oct. 11, 1979: Murray's only homer of the 1979 World Series came in Game2, a second-inning shot off Bert Blyleven that made it into the right-fieldupper deck at Memorial Stadium, a rarity because so little of the upper deckwas in fair territory.

April 5, 1982: Opening Day at Memorial Stadium was the setting forMurray's fifth career grand slam, off Dennis Leonard in a 13-5 victory overKansas City. It began one of the hottest individual starts in Orioles history.Murray hit better than .500 over the season's first 14 games, with four homersand 15 RBIs.

Sept. 18, 1983: Murray's dramatic grand slam off Pete Ladd in a six-runeighth inning capped a comeback from a 7-0 deficit against Milwaukee. TheOrioles went on to win, 10-9, on John Stefero's ninth-inning single.

Oct. 7, 1983: Murray had gone hitless in his previous 29 postseasonat-bats dating to the 1979 World Series, but he put his stamp on Game 3 of theAL playoffs with a three-run homer off Richard Dotson in the first inning.That started the Orioles on their way to an 11-1 pounding of the White Sox.

Oct. 16, 1983: Murray homered twice in Game 5 of the World Series to bringthe Orioles a world championship. The second one, a two-run shot in the fourthinning off Philadelphia's Charles Hudson, traveled 425 feet and hit theright-field scoreboard at Veterans Stadium. At the time, the scoreboard wasdisplaying a list of the 1983 American League RBI leaders. The home-run ballhit the scoreboard just above the "M" in Murray.

April 8, 1985: Snow fell during Opening Day at Memorial Stadium, and theOrioles' hitters were chilled by Charlie Hough's knuckleballs, going hitlessuntil the seventh inning. But with the score tied 2-2 in the eighth, Murrayhit a two-run homer off Texas reliever Dave Rozema to give the Orioles a 4-2victory.

Aug. 26, 1985: A grand slam off Alan Fowlkes capped the best night ofMurray's career -- three homers, nine RBIs and four hits (all in the firstfive innings) in a 17-3 victory over the Angels at Anaheim Stadium. Murray hita three-run homer in the first inning and an RBI single in the second off JohnCandelaria, then added a bases-empty shot in the fourth off Fowlkes beforeconnecting for the grand slam. With two chances to hit his fourth homer of thegame, Murray flied deep to center and walked.

May 9, 1987: Murray's second homer of the night, off White Soxright-hander Bob James at Comiskey Park, made him the first player inmajor-league history to homer from both sides of the plate on consecutivenights. Earlier in the game, Murray had homered off left-hander Joel McKeon.The night before, Murray connected off right-hander Jose DeLeon andleft-hander Ray Searage.

Sept. 6, 1996: One year to the day after Cal Ripken broke Lou Gehrig'sconsecutive-games record, Murray became the 15th member of baseball's500-homer club, sending a seventh-inning pitch from Tigers right-hander FelipeLira into the right-field bleachers at Camden Yards.

Murray's hot list

The pitchers who have surrendered four or more home runs to Eddie Murray:

Six: Bert Blyleven, Milt Wilcox, Frank Tanana.

Five: Geoff Zahn, Dave Stieb, Mike Caldwell, Larry Gura, Jack Morris, MikeSmithson.

Four: Rick Langford, Jim Slaton, Dennis Leonard, Ken Schrom, Dan Petry,Richard Dotson, Jose DeLeon, Bruce Hurst, Sid Fernandez, Kevin Gross.

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