RHP 1974 Expos , Reds, Mets, Blue Jays, Yankees, Rangers
Murray was an outstanding Expo rookie in 1974, using his exploding fastball and
forkball to record a 1.03 ERA and ten saves in 32 games. Despite missing a month
of the 1975 season with hepatitis, he led NL relievers with 15 wins, and in 1976
he led the league with 81 appearances. He ran up a streak of 247.1 innings without
allowing a home run, between August 18, 1974 and August 20, 1976 - the longest such
streak since WWII. He was durable yet inconsistent after leaving Montreal, as overwork
took the bite from his fastball. He spent much of 1980-81 and 1984-85 in Triple-A,
but amassed 60 ML saves before a sciatica condition ended his career.
|FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY|
|» October 1, 1974:
The Bucs take the National League East by edging the Cubs 6–5. A 2-run pinch home run by Bob Robertson is the game winner. Meanwhile, the Cardinals lose, 3–2, to the Expos, as Bob Gibson takes the loss. Reliever Dale Murray is the winner. |
» September 26, 1975:
At Wrigley Field, the Expos edge the Cubs, 3–2, with Dale Murray picking up his 15th win, all in relief. His 15 victories is tops on the staff.
» December 16, 1976:
The Reds swap popular 1B Tony Perez and P Will McEnaney to the Expos for pitchers Woodie Fryman and Dale Murray.
» May 19, 1978:
The Mets send Ken Henderson to the Reds for P Dale Murray.
» December 9, 1982:
In what will turn out to be a pair of unwise deals, the Yankees sign free-agent OF Steve Kemp to a 5-year contract, and trade OF Dave Collins, pitcher Mike Morgan, and minor leaguer Fred McGriff to the Blue Jays for P Dale Murray and minor leaguer Tom Dodd.