I can only imagine the disappointment a kid would have felt in 1974 had he sat down at the table with his favorite box of cereal, hoping to pull a Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson, or Ron Santo- only to pull a...Ivan Murrell. It would have been the equivalent of getting a lump of coal in your stocking.
And while Murrell's major league career, which came to an end after the 1974 season, didn't match those of the aforementioned superstars, he did-after all- make it to the Show for 10 years.
The Atlanta Years:
Picked up off waivers by the Braves on April 1, 1974. It would be Murrell's final major league season. Ivan appeared in 73 games that season, splitting time between all three outfield positions and first base. He hit .248 that year, with 2 home runs and 12 RBI.
- Member of two major league expansion teams: the Houston Colt .45s (1963) and San Diego Padres (1969)
- Was one of two players to be hit by pitches during Doc Ellis' LSD-induced No-Hitter
- Played another 10 years in the Mexican League after MLB career was over
- Played in the short-lived Senior League
- Was an amateur middle-weight boxer who had offers to turn pro
- Was selected to play on Panama's soccer team in the 1963 Pan-American Games
- Popular member of the communities he lived in; coaching high school and college players; involved in numerous charities
- Scouted for Oakland A's
- Died October 8, 2006