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    May 29, 1982 - At Minnesota‚ the Yanks put runners on 1B (Graig Nettles) and 2B (Bobby Murcer) with no outs. When Roy Smalley strikes out on a wide 3-2 pitch from Terry Felton‚ Murcer attempts to steal 3B. But Sal Butera's throw beats him so badly he retreats to 2B only to find Nettles there. Gaetti tags Murcer who is standing safely alone on the base‚ and then throws to Hrbek to catch Nettles heading back to 1B. Murcer then tries for 3B and Hrbek's throw to Felton covering completes the triple play. Alas‚ Felton‚ 0-8 coming into the game gets a no-decision‚ and will lose another 5 to finish his career with an 0-16 record.

    Apr 9, 1981 - Before 55‚123 at Yankee Stadium‚ the Yankees gun down the Rangers‚ 10-3. Bucky Dent and Bobby Murcer hit homers‚ with Randolph following Murcer's blow with a triple. Dave Winfield‚ in his New York debut‚ has two hits and two walks‚ and Tommy John scatters 7 hits in 8 innings to win over Jon Matlack.

    Aug 6, 1979 - In a night game following the funeral of Thurman MunsonBobby Murcer drives in all 5 runs as the Yankees top Baltimore 5-4. Murcer has a 3-run HR and a 9th inning 2-run single.

    Jun 26, 1979 - The Yankees reacquire the popular Bobby Murcer from the Cubs in exchange for P Paul Semall and cash. Murcer will once again thrive in Yankee Stadium hitting .273 with 8 HRs.

    Apr 29, 1979 - Down 5-0 to the Braves at Atlanta‚ the Cubs load the bases with 2 out. Blackwell singles in 2‚ Biittner‚ singles in one‚ and Bobby Murcer hits a 3-run homer for a 6-5 Chicago win.

    May 17, 1977 - The Cubs hit 7 home runs and wallop the Padres 23-6. Three of the HRs are consecutive shots in the 5th by Larry BiittnerJerry Morales‚ and Bobby Murcer. With a lead of 22-2‚ starter Bill Bonham is yanked after six frames and Ramon Hernandez finishes‚ allowing up four earned runs in 3 innings. But he 'earns' his first and only save as a Cub. He goes from Cubman to Hubman in 11 days when Chicago swaps him for Boston's Bobby Darwin.

    Feb 11, 1977 - The Cubs trade 3B Bill Madlock‚ the NL batting champ the past two seasons‚ and 2B Rod Sperring to the Giants for OF Bobby Murcer‚ IF Steve Ontiveros‚ and a minor league pitcher. Madlock leaves Chicago having hit .336 for them‚ which ties him with Riggs Stephenson for the top Cub career average.

    Jul 16, 1976 - Bobby Murcer hits a game-ending homerun off Jim Katt in the 9th inning to give the Giants a 1-0 win over Philadelphia.

    Jul 7, 1975 - In an 8-6 loss to the CardinalsGiants catcher Marc Hill-as well as the Cards-ties a mark last accomplished in 1905 when he tags out three Cards runners at home on throws from the outfield. The three Cards dealt out are: Ken Reitz‚ in the first inning. on a throw from LF Gary Thomasson. Reitz tries scoring from 2B on a Mike Tyson single; Ron Fairly in the 6th inning thrown out by RF Bobby Murcer on a Tyson fly ball; Bake McBride in the 7th thrown out by LF Chris Arnold when he tries to score on a Willie Davis fly.

    Oct 22, 1974 - The Giants and Yankees swap popular star outfielders: Bobby Bonds goes to the Yankees and Bobby Murcer heads to San Francisco. Bonds will play just one season in New York‚ hitting 32 HRs and stealing 32 bases‚ before leg injuries slowed him. Murcer swore he would never forgive the Yankees for trading him‚ but later he will relent when the Yanks reacquire him.

    Sep 20, 1974 - The Yankees move into a tie with Baltimore in the AL East with a sweep of the Indians. The Yanks take the opener‚ 5-4‚ when Bobby Murcer's 3rd hit‚ a triple‚ scores the winning run in the bottom of the 9th. Gaylord Perry takes his 20th loss. Larry Gura (5-0) wins the nitecap‚ 3-0‚ on 6 hits.

    Jul 13, 1973 - Bobby Murcer hits 3 HRs‚ all off starter Gene Garber‚ and knocks in all the runs in the Yankees' 5-0 win over the Royals. Mel Stottlemyre scatters 6 hits in racking up his 39th shut out.

    Sep 4, 1972 - The Yankees split with the Orioles‚ losing 43 before winning 5-2. The split leaves the Yankees (69-61) in 4th place‚ just one-half game out of first place. The Orioles (69-60) are tied with Detroit for the lead. Andy Etchebarren's 3-run homer in the first game‚ off Fritz Peterson‚ is the big blow while the Yankees take the night cap behind the three hits‚ including a homer‚ of Bobby Murcer.

    Aug 29, 1972 - In game 1 of a twinbill‚ Yankee Bobby Murcer hits for the cycle against Texas‚ with his HR tying the game at 6 apiece in the 9th.The Yanks win‚ 7-6‚ in the 11th‚ on Callison's RBI single Murcer is the first Yankee to cycle since Mantle in 1957: The next will be Tony Fernandez in 1995. Murcer adds a HR in the nitecap‚ but the Rangers score 4 runs off reliever Klimkowski in the 7th and win 7-4.

    Aug 4, 1972 - Bobby Murcer's grand slam in the 7th clinches the Yankees 9-4 win over the Brewers. Murcer also scores twice on walks.

    Jun 27, 1972 - Mickey Lolich is staked to 4-0 lead when the Tigers hit 3 consecutive first-inning HRs against New York's Wade Blasingame‚ making his AL debut. Tony Taylor leads off with a walk before Aurelio RodriguezAl Kaline‚ and Willie Horton wade in with homers to finish Blasingame. Lolich‚ pitching on 2 days rest‚ notches his 12th‚ winning 5-2. Bobby Murcer's HR accounts for one of the Yank runs.

    Jun 3, 1972 - Bobby Murcer and Thurman Munson crack 3-run HRs in the Yankees' 8-run 13th inning to beat the White Sox 18-10. Murcer scores 5 runs on 4 hits.

    Sep 30, 1971 - The Senators draw 14‚000 for their final game in Washington‚ with another 4‚000 crashing. Dick Bosman gives up homers to Bobby MurcerRoy White‚ and Rusty Torres and the Nats are down 5-1 in the 6th. Mike Kekich then grooves a fastball for Frank Howard‚ who parks his 26th homer‚ and thanks Munson as he crosses the plate. The Senators take a 7-5 lead‚ and after Murcer makes the 2nd out in the 9th‚ fans swarm onto the field‚ causing the game to be forfeited to the Yanks‚ 9-0. All records stand but reliever Paul Lindblad losses the W by not recording the 3rd out‚ batter Horace Clarke. Of the SenatorsJeff Burroughs will be the last to retire‚ finishing up in 1985.

    Jun 24, 1970 - In a doubleheader with the Indians at Yankee Stadium‚ Bobby Murcer ties Lou Gehrig's club record of 4 straight homers. The Yanks lose the opener 7-2‚ despite Murcer's 9th-inning HR off Sam McDowell. Murcer next connects off game 2's starter Mike Paul‚ hitting a solo shot in the 1st inning. A walk in the 4th‚ then a 2-run homer off Paul in the 5th‚ and a game-tying homer in the 8th‚ off Fred Lasher. New York scores in the bottom of the 9th to salvage a 5-4 win. Cleveland 1B Tony Horton hears a hoo and literally crawls back to the dugout after fanning on two of Yankee hurler Steve Hamilton's "Folly floaters." Sensitive to fans' booing during the season‚ Horton will be hospitalized‚ and at 25‚ this is his last season.

    Apr 7, 1969 - At RFK Stadium‚ 45‚000 fans‚ including President Richard Nixon‚ look on as Ted Williams makes his managerial debut for the Senators. The Yanks spoil it‚ winning 8-4‚ pinning the loss on Camilo Pascual‚ and routing him in the third inning with back-to-back homers by Jerry Kenney and Bobby Murcer. Mel Stottlemyre wins his 3rd straight opening complete game‚ despite giving up 14 hits. Stottlemyre will notch 5 wins this month‚ just the 2nd pitcher (Bob Lemon‚ 1955) in history to record 5 wins in April. Vida Blue‚ in 1972‚ will be the first to win 6. In starting Kenney, Roy White and Bill Robinson, New York fields the first all-African-American outfield in team history. By mid-season, Kenney will switch from centerfield to third base while Murcer moves from third to righfield (and, eventually, to centerfield).

    Jul 23, 1957 - Before 42422 at Yankee Stadium‚ Mickey Mantle hits for the cycle‚ the first in the AL since 1952‚ and adds a stolen base‚ against Chicago's Bob Keegan. His homer is a 465-foot clout into the second-to-last row in the right-center bleachers. The Yankees win 10-6. Bobby Murcer in 1972 will be the next Yankee to cycle.

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