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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Murphy Inducted in Braves' Hall of Fame

ATLANTA, GEORGIA -- Former LDS Mission President Dale Murphy was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame on Monday, thanking the Braves' organization for its support, "To have worn the Braves uniform number three was a special and humbling experience in my life," Murphy said. "It's something I'll always be proud of." Murphy was inducted alongside Braves owner Ted Turner, joining former Braves Hank Aaron, , Eddie Mathews, Phil Niekro and Warren Spahn, who were inducted last year.

Murphy had originally been asked to join the initial group last year, but asked the Braves to hold-off inducting him while he completed his three-year term of service as Mission President in Boston, Massachusetts. Murphy played for the Braves from 1976 to 1989, initially as a catcher, but later as an outfielder.

While Murphy eventually became a star player for the Braves, he initially didn't perform well as a cather, struggling with throwing errors, often overthrowing second base. "I thought he was going to be a great catcher," said then teammate and fellow Braves Hall-of-Famer Phil Niekro. "If second base was 50 feet further out in center field, no one would ever steal on him. He'd still be playing catcher." Team owner Ted Turner took the credit for getting Murphy moved from catcher, pushing then Braves General Manager Bill Lucas to make the move, "I got you as far as first base," Turner said, "All those errors got you to the outfield."

During his own remarks, Murphy stopped twice to regain his composure. He recognized the support of his wife, Nancy, and that ove many of his team mates during his career.

While Murphy was a shoo-in for the Braves Hall of Fame (he still holds many team individual batting records), his prospects for the Baseball Hall of Fame aren't so clear. Now in his third year of eligibility, observers believe that he is unlikely to be added to the Hall of Fame, although he has garnered some votes in each of the past two elections.

Braves Hall of Fame Inductions: Eloquent entrances
Atlanta Journal-Constitution 15Aug00 S2
By Thomas Stinson: Staff
Murphy, Turner epitomize Braves' lean Atlanta years


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