“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #14
Dale Murphy – 1977 Topps – #476
Although he never got the chance to shine on baseball’s biggest stage, Dale Murphy was a baseball superstar. This quiet, soft-spoken player let his play do the talking for him and it screamed – “MVP”!!!
Murphy is a 2-time MVP winner with the Atlanta Braves. In the 1982 and 1983 seasons, Murphy put together 2 of the most spectacular back-to-back seasons in Brave’s history. In 1982 Murphy went for .281/36/109 and then followed that up in 1983 going .302/36/121. He was also solid on the base paths as he stole 23 and 30 bases in those two seasons. In each of those seasons, Murphy also won the Gold Glove – true all-around baseball stud!! In total, Murphy finished in the Top 21 for the league MVP award 7 times. And with 7 All-star game appearances, 5 Gold Gloves, and 4 Silver Slugger awards to his credit, Murphy’s numbers draw the perfect picture of a ‘5-tool player’.
In total, Murphy finished his 18-year career with a .265 batting average along with 398 home runs and 1,266 RBI. Who knows how Murphy’s hall of fame status would have changed if he eclipsed the 400 home run milestone… Although he never made it to the World Series to display his talents in front of baseball’s biggest crowd, he sure did entertain his loyal fans!!