The Atlanta Braves will honor one of their all-time greats July 11 when they hold Dale Murphy Night at Turner Field. The first 20,000 fans will receive a Murphy bobblehead.
Murphy was the Braves’ No. 1 (and fifth overall) draft pick in 1974. He averaged almost 30 homers and 90 RBI from 1980 to 1990. During those 11 years, he won MVP awards in 1982 and 1983 and appeared in seven All-Star games. He also won five Gold Gloves and appeared in 740 consecutive games, starting his run Sept. 26, 1981. In 1983, Murphy posted 36 home runs and 30 stolen bases, making him only the second player in franchise history to reach the 30/30 mark.
Murphy spent 15 of his 18 seasons with the Braves, ranking second in Atlanta franchise history in home runs (371), RBI (1,143), hits (1,901), runs (1,103), and games (1,926). He was inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame in August 2000.