Thursday, May 27, 2010

Two Shy

Seventeen years ago today, Brave great Dale Murphy announced his retirement. Murphy, battling knee injuries, had been released by the Phillies at the beginning of the '93 season and was signed by the Rockies the very same day to serve as a right-handed hitter off the bench. With the Rockies, Dale only had 42 at bats, hitting .143 with no homers-leaving him two short of 400. Murph's last game was actually on May 21, 1993, when he went 0-3 with a strikeout against Orel Hershiser and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Facing Hershiser in the top of the seventh inning that night, Dale struck out swinging to end the inning. The strikeout would be his final at bat. Other finals for Dale: his last hit came on May 15, 1993 at Riverfront Stadium vs. the Reds- a single to center off of Tom Browning in the top of the second. His final home run came on May 9, 1992 while he was with the Phillies. Facing Craig Lefferts of the Padres, Dale supplied the Phillies with their only run that evening- homering to deep right with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Ironically, Murphy announced his retirement in the same city (Houston) where he found out he had been traded to the Phillies.

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