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Bobby Murcer from the Chronology
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 55123 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.
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 Biittner Jerry 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 7, 1975 - In an 8-6 loss to the Cardinals Giants 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 Rodriguez Al 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.
Sep 30, 1971 - The Senators draw 14000 for their final game in Washington with another 4000 crashing. Dick Bosman gives up homers to Bobby Murcer Roy 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 Senators Jeff 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.