R.I.P. Bobby Murcer

July 13, 2008 at 3:29 pm | Posted in Baseball | 1 Comment

I was very saddened when I heard the news that Yankees legend Bobby Murcer passed away yesterday at age 62. I’m too young to remember his playing career, but I was fortunate enough to enjoy his broadcasting skills when he partnered with Phil Rizzuto for Yankees games on WPIX. Although I loved listening to Rizzuto, anyone who watched Yankees games in the 1980s and early 1990s can tell you that “Scooter” had a difficult time keeping his mind focused on the game. Murcer was always there to keep us apprised of the action and provide insightful commentary. He was a man who every Yankees fan loved after an All Star career in which he was the team’s best player in the early 1970s. He was also extremely loyal to the team and took pride in doing things the “Yankee Way”.

I believe that the “Yankee Way” lost a lot of its meaning during the Steinbrenner era, but Murcer and other legends of the past were always there to remind us of the great history and tradition of the franchise. Murcer’s place in Yankee history is similar to that of Don Mattingly. He was the best player on the team during a period when they were not winning championships, and he has no World Series rings. He was a five-time All Star, though his numbers fall short of meriting Hall of Fame consideration. He showed loyalty and pride in the team even when the people running the team did not deserve it.

Bobby Murcer had a great career and was a rare athlete who was truly worthy of the fans’ respect and admiration. He was a terrific role model. He’ll be missed. If there is such a place as Heaven, I hope that he and the Scooter are back together again, calling the action like the old days…

“The life of a soul on earth lasts longer than his departure. He lives on in your life and the life of all others who knew him.” – Bobby Murcer at Thurman Munson’s funeral, 1979.


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  1. Very nicely said indeed.

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